asked the Secretary of State for War whether priority can be given, when military personnel are brought home from overseas on compassionate grounds, other than medical, to men over 40 years of age with family obligations and to those who were already serving overseas before this war began?
Opportunities for transfer to the home establishment occur so seldom that the application of the priority suggested in the Question might well lead to the exclusion of cases with even stronger claims. As things are at present, I do not think the general arrangements now in force for these transfers can be altered. I gave a brief outline of these arrangements in an answer to my hon. Friends the Members for Leigh (Mr. Tinker) and East Fulham (Mr. Astor) on 8th December.