§ 112. Mr. Frank Allaun
asked the Secretary of State for War if he is aware that the widowed mother of the National Service man to whom he refused compassionate release on 17th July was confined to bed for four days last week with arthritis, where she was dependent on her neighbours' help; that the release has been recommended both by the conscript's colonel and by the Soldiers', Sailors', and Airmen's Families Association; and if he will reconsider his decision.
§ Mr. J. Amery
I am advised after further inquiry that there has been no marked change in this lady's arthritic condition, and that she was confined to bed for a few days with a minor ailment. I regret to say that there are no grounds on which my right hon. Friend could authorise the soldier's release from National Service.