HC Deb 06 February 1945 vol 407 cc1914-5W
Mr. Hogg

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he has considered the case of the staff-sergeant, of whose name and number he has been informed, and whose home is in the Oxford district, who, after repatriation to this country under the Python scheme and a short period of disembarkation leave, was posted to Scottish Command, although there were available in this country men in other Commands who could have taken this assignment; and why steps have not been taken to post repatriated personnel nearer their homes.

Sir J. Grigg

Thousands of men are repatriated under Python every month and it would clearly be impracticable to arrange in all cases for them to be posted near their homes. Nor in the absence of special compassionate grounds would it be fair to deal specially with the 19 engineer clerks, about whom my hon. Friend has written. Moreover, the inquiries I have made show that the Command to which these men were posted was at this time in particular need of men of this trade and they were posted there to meet this need.