§ Mr. W. J. Brown
asked the Secretary of State for War if he is aware that badly 46W wounded soldiers are, in many instances, discharged from the Army before they are fit for discharge from hospital, and that their leave pending discharge period is spent in the hospitals; and if he will take steps to stop this practice.
§ Mr. Foster
asked the Secretary of State for War whether he is now in a position to make a statement respecting wounded soldiers being discharged from the Service before being discharged from hospital, arising out of his consultations with the other Service Departments and the Ministry of Pensions.
§ Sir J. Grigg
The present arrangements are set out in the answer I gave my hon. Friend the Member for Northampton (Mr. Summers) on 30th January. I regret that I am not yet in a position to add to the answer I gave my hon. Friend the Member for Wigan (Mr. Foster) last week. In view of its complexity this question requires most careful consideration by the various Departments concerned. There will be no avoidable delay, but I am afraid it is unlikely that a decision will be reached in the immediate future.