§ 12. Mr. Blenkinsop
asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty whether, in view of the proposed reduction in the size of Her Majesty's forces, he will review arrangements for the compassionate release of men serving in the Royal Navy, including the case referred to him by the hon. Member for Newcastle upon Tyne, East.
§ Mr. Soames
All requests for release on compassionate grounds are considered on their individual merits; such decisions are not affected by general considerations about the size of the Navy. No application has yet been received in the Admiralty from the rating about whom the hon. Member wrote to my right hon. and noble Friend. A report has been called for, and my right hon. and noble Friend will write to the hon. Member as soon as this has been received and a decision given.