HC Deb 17 October 1945 vol 414 c1183W
Mr. Foot

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether, in order to speed up demobilisation, he will consider giving to commanding officers the power to grant compassionate release.

Mr. Alexander

I regret that it is not possible to vest in commanding officers the power to release men permanently from the Royal Navy. Commanding officers already have authority to grant compassionate leave.

Mr. Mallalieu

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether instructor officers in the Royal Navy are to be demobilised with their age and service groups or under some special scheme.

Mr. Alexander

Yes, Sir, instructor officers are being released in order of age and service groups.

Mr. Callaghan

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty what is the future programme of releases for R.N.V.R. and R.N.R. officers under the demobilisation scheme.

Mr. Alexander

The answer to this Question can most conveniently be given in tabular form:

Branch. Group. Target date for dispersal.
Executive, Naval Air 12–18 10th November
Arm, Special Branch, R.N.V.R. and Electrical Branch, R.N.V.R. 19–22 31st December
Engineers 10 31st December
Supply 16 31st December
Cypher 25 31st December
Medical 20 31st December
Dental 22 31st December
Chaplains 18 31st December
This programme is liable to alteration.