HC Deb 30 October 1945 vol 415 cc367-8W
Viscount Hinchingbrooke

asked the Secretary of State for War why B.A.O.R. men on compassionate leave whose release from the Army has been approved, are obliged to returnto Germany to secure their papers; and whether he will arrange for these men to be attached to a Home unit pending discharge.

Mr. Lawson

Instructions in the sense suggested have already been issued.

Mr. Sorensen

asked the Secretary of State for War how many applications for compassionate release and compassionate posting, respectively, have been made during the last convenient month; and how many of these were granted.

Mr. Lawson

These figures are compiled on a quarterly basis. During the quarter ended 30th September, 20,357 applications were received for compassionate release, of which 14,677 were approved; 4,460 applications were received for compassionate posting, of which 2,303 were approved. In addition, 1,061 soldiers were retained in the United Kingdom on compassionate grounds during that period, out of 1,621 applications. In all, therefore, 18,041 applications were approved out of a total of 26,438.

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