§ MR. ARNOLD-FORSTER (Belfast, W.)
I beg to ask the Secretary to the Admiralty whether he can now state what steps have been taken, to carry out the promise made to the House by the late First Lord of the Admiralty, that a clause should be inserted in the Naval Discipline Act enabling officers of the Royal Marines to sit on Naval Courts Martial when members of that corps are being tried.
THE SECRETARY TO THE ADMIRALTY (SIR UGHTRED KAY-SHUTTLE-WORTH) Lancashire, N. E., Clitheroe
My hon. Friend's question correctly suggests that this subject can only be dealt with by legislation. It will be considered when a Bill to amend the Naval Discipline Act becomes necessary. There is no prospect of adding such a Bill to the legislative programme of the Government during the present Session.