HC Deb 13 February 1945 vol 408 cc50-1W
Captain Prescott

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he is aware that the necessity for relatives to apply to the Paymaster for a special form before they can send a compassionate telegram to the B.L.A. causes considerable delay and distress; and whether he will take steps to institute a simpler system.

Sir J. Grigg

These telegrams are sent to theatres of war overseas through Army channels used for operational traffic. It is therefore necessary to limit strictly the numbers which can be sent. A number of suggestions for exercising this control has been examined, but it has not been possible to devise a better one than the present one whereby in the case of other ranks the forms are supplied by Record Offices.