HC Deb 01 August 1946 vol 426 cc264-5W
Mr. Mitchison

asked the Secretary of State for War for how long he proposes to defer the release of personnel stationed at Royal Signals H.Q., North Caribbean Area, Kingston, Jamaica, and now due to be returned home for demobilisation by 25th July; and whether he proposes to allow any compensation by way of additional leave on full pay and allowances or otherwise.

Mr. Lawson

Two members of the Royal Corps of Signals in this area have been deferred pending replacements, which I hope will be sent in August. These deferments are in accordance with Release Regulations and call for no special compensation. The men will, however, receive the extra foreign service leave and any extra gratuity which is payable because of their longer service.

Mr. Swingler

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he is aware that all personnel serving in the Special Investigation Branch, Provost Corps, C.M.F., have had their Python leave deferred, including those men who, because of the geographical position of their stations, are not entitled to any privilege leave; and whether he has any statement to make.

Mr. Lawson

I am not aware of any general deferments such as that mentioned by my hon. Friend, but I am having inquiries made and will write to him as soon as possible.