§ Mr. Garry Allighan
asked the Secretary of State for War when the civilian suit issued to men on leave in the Forces will be supplied to Mr. J. T. Holmes, who was released on 1st November, 1945, from the R.A.P.C., in which he was lieutenant, service number 122601.401W
§ Mr. Lawson
I assume that this Question refers to Mr. J. T Hulls whose number is 122601. I regret the delay in supplying this officer with a civilian suit but his suit had to be specially measured and the contractor to whom the order was given failed to fulfil the contract. It was therefore necessary to place the order with another firm. The suit has, however, now been delivered and has been despatched by post to Mr. Hulls.
§ Mr. Proctor
asked the Secretary of State for War why the undertaking given to the hon. Member for Eccles, regarding the compassionate posting for 14715151 Sapper H. Bateman was not carried out by his Department, reference L/7674, 21st December, 1945.
§ Mr. Lawson
I regret that this man had proceeded overseas before steps could be taken to carry out a compassionate posting. The circumstances of the case have therefore been brought to the notice of the overseas command concerned, so that consideration can be given to the possibility of bringing him back to this country on compassionate grounds. I must, however, emphasise that the decision in this matter rests with the overseas Command.