HC Deb 17 December 1945 vol 417 cc1074-5W
Sir E. Graham-Little

asked the Minister of Labour if he will now reconsider the case recently submitted to him of a graduate of London University who was enrolled in a military intelligence unit, although her qualifications exempted her from conscription; that military intelligence asked for her release; but notwithstanding the undertaking given by his Department at the time of her enlistment that she would not be allocated to any other branch, she is retained in the A.T.S.; and as she wishes to undertake teaching, will he expedite her release.

Mr. Lawson

I have been asked to reply. This member of the A.T.S., and others who enrolled under similar conditions, are now being given the option of release from the Service.

Sir E. Graham-Little

asked the Secretary of State for War if he will inquire into the case, details of which have been submitted to him, of a medical specialist in dietetics called up and appointed pathologist to a military hospital in West Africa to perform duties now become redundant and who has now been elected to the chair in physiology at a medical school of London University which specialises in dietetic training; if he is aware that the university is unable to fill the chair in this officer's absence and, as the university has applied for his release without success, if he will now release this man.

Mr. Lawson

This officer's release in Class B was authorised in November and a further cable was sent to the Overseas Command on 8th December stressing the urgency of the case.

Colonel Stoddard-Scott

asked the Secretary of State for War if he is aware that Captain D. Gray, 223488, serving in R.A.P.C, in Bombay, was recommended by the Minister of Education in November for release under Class B; that Captain Gray was the French master at Fulneck Grammar School, Pudsey, and in January this school will be without a French master; if Captain Gray has yet been offered release, when he may be expected to arrive in Britain; and, in view of the plight of this school, will he take urgent steps to bring Captain Gray home by the speediest method.

Mr. Lawson

The release of this officer in Class B was authorised on 11th December and instructions to that effect were sent on the same day to the Command in which he is serving. I cannot forecast the date of his return to this country, since this depends on the local military situation and the transport facilities. Overseas Commands have been instructed to give Class B cases priority as regards transport.

Lieut.-Colonel Lindsay

asked the Secretary of S ate for War when the hon. and gallant Member for Solihull can expect a reply to his letter of 24th October, 1945, in respect of 7953816 Trooper J. Hartley.

Mr. Bellenger

It was necessary to refer the case to the overseas command. This has been done and I will communicate with the hon. and gallant Member as soon as the reply is received. This should be within the next two weeks.