§ 63. Mr. Dalyell
asked the Secretary of State for Defence if he will state the criteria on which Service men are allowed compassionate leave to attend a parent's funeral.
§ Mr. Reynolds
Service men overseas may be granted compassionate leave on the death of a parent when their presence at home is essential for medical reasons or to relieve family hardship, or if there is no other relative available to make funeral arrangements and attend to essential business.