§ Sir A. Baillie
asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether he will reconsider the decision to refuse the release on compassionate grounds of Marine S. J. Jarrett, No. 10085; and whether, since the reason for refusal up to date is that such a release would be unfair to other men who have been obliged to close down small businesses and that the release of men from the Navy is to be slower than from other Services, he will authorise a general relaxation of Admiralty rules regarding release on compassionate grounds.
§ Mr. J. P. L. Thomas
I regret that after further consideration I am unable to agree to the release of this Marine on compassionate grounds. I should be averse to lowering the standards which are held to justify release from Naval service on compassionate grounds, as this would affect adversely the number of men who can be released under the Re-Allocation Plan.