HC Deb 22 April 1964 vol 693 cc169-70W
9. Mr. D. Griffiths

asked the Secretary of State for Defence if he will now give permission for 23823005, Lance Bombardier G. Stenton, to have compassionate leave to enable him to get married.

Mr. Kirk

The Regiment in which Lance Bombardier Stenton is serving was sent to Cyprus on 19th February as a reinforcement for the peace-keeping force. Because of this, it was not possible to allow him leave to return to this country to get married on 28th March.

In view of the present situation in Cyprus, it is now possible for his Com- manding Officer to consider an application from Lance Bombardier Stenton for privilege leave but because compassionate leave at public expense is not normally granted when a soldier wishes to get married, travel to and from Cyprus would have to be at Lance Bombardier Stenton's own expense, but he might be able to obtain an indulgence flight at least one way. We shall do our best to arrange a flight, subject to his being granted privilege leave.