HC Deb 25 March 1947 vol 435 c169W
94. Mr. W. Griffiths

asked the Secretary of State for War for what reasons he has abandoned granting temporary release to the Reserve, and what other method of relieving temporary hardship occurring in a soldier's family, when such hardship is caused by business difficulties, etc., has he substituted.

Mr. Bellenger

From the beginning of this year men are being called up to the Army for a fixed period of comparatively short duration. To be of any real value their services must neither be broken by long temporary periods of absence nor restricted as to availability for posting, and that is why temporary releases and compassionate postings have been stopped. Deserving compassionate cases, however, can still be met by the grant of compassionate leave or indefinite release or discharge when this is justified.