HC Deb 06 March 1946 vol 420 cc90-1W
116. Brigadier Peto

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether he is now in a position to reply to a letter addressed to his Department by the hon. and gallant Member for Barnstaple, on 30th October, 1945, concerning a passage for the wife of Leading Seaman K. C. Blackman, no answer having yet been received, with the exception of an acknowledgment under reference P.S. 1102/45 dated 22nd February, 1946.

Mr. J. Dugdale

This letter was acknowledged on receipt. On 20th November I informed the hon. and gallant Member that the matter affected other Government Departments, and was under consideration. My letter of 22nd February expressed the hope that a full reply would soon be possible. The delay was due to the fact that men on regular engagements have not hitherto been entitled to free passage to this country for wives whom they married abroad; A satisfactory reply was sent to the hon. and gallant Member yesterday.

127. Sir R. Young

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty if he is aware that some delay took place in implementing the permission granted by the Admiralty to P/JX 727107 Ordinary Seaman R. C. Dutton Forshaw, to apply for a commission in the Army and, seeing he has been warned for foreign service, will he instruct the Divisional Officer of Anson Division, Devonport, to await the decision of the Army authorities regarding his application before sending him out of the country.

Mr. Dugdale

The answer to both parts of my hon. Friend's Question is "Yes, Sir."