HC Deb 11 March 1947 vol 434 c160W
97 Mr. H. D. Hughes

asked the Secretary of State or War if he is aware that Groups 55 to 60, serving with M.E.L.F., have been excluded from L.I.A.P.; and if he will now announce provisional release dates for these groups.

Mr. Bellenger

Overseas commands have to estimate the dates of release of the later age and service groups in order to decide which groups shall be excluded from monthly L.I.A.P. drafts. It may well be that the Commander-in-Chief, M.E.L.F., has excluded a number of groups above 53 from L.I.A.P. in the expectation that they will be released by the autumn. I regret, however, that I am not yet in a position to announce a detailed release programme beyond Group 53, although I hope to do so shortly.