HC Deb 11 February 1947 vol 433 cc53-4W
114. Sir I. Fraser

asked the Minister of Defence to what extent periods of compassionate leave are added to the man's period of service in the Armed Forces; and what cases there are in which, owing to compassionate leave, a man's release group is altered to his disadvantage.

Mr. Alexander

Compassionate leave is paid leave and counts as normal service in calculating a man's release group. It is normally granted only for short periods. Until 31st December, 1946, when a prolonged absence was necessary on compassionate grounds, temporary release was granted. This was unpaid and did not count towards service for purposes of r.‡-lease. Since that date, cases in which a period of compassionate leave is inadequate may be dealt with by premature release or discharge.