§ 107. Mr. Teeling
asked the Secretary of State for War why the battalion of the Royal Sussex Regiment, stationed at Pola in Northern Italy, has had the ordinary age plus service group demobilisation scheme, the Class B release system and the Python leave scheme altered
§ Mr. Lawson
I have no knowledge of this. I have called for a report and will inform the hon. Member of the result.
§ Mr. Dodds-Parker
asked the Secretary of State for War up to what group men are at present eligible for indefinite compassionate release or for release under Class B or Class C.
§ Mr. Lawson
There is no age and service group restriction on compassionate releases for indefinite periods, that is, releases in Class C, except where they are required for purely business reasons; in such cases, at present, men who are in Groups 50 and later, are normally regarded as ineligible. This restriction is imposed to prevent undue delay in the180W release of older men in Class A. Similarly, there is no age and service group restriction on individual releases in Class B, although a year's Army service must have been completed in all cases. Bulk releases in Class B are governed by the numbers demanded in each of the different trades and employments, and the groups which have been reached to date vary accordingly