§ MR. CLAUDE HAY (Shoreditch, Hoxton)
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for War if he will give the particulars of the offences for which sixty-seven soldiers are now undergoing punishment in civil prisons without such imprisonment carrying with it discharge from the Army.
§ * THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR WAR (Mr. HALDANE,) Haddingtonshire
286 The particulars of the offences are as follows:—
Stealing 27 Malicious damage 1 Larceny 7 Obscene language 2 Assaulting female 2 Assault 10 Absent from Militia training 2 Attempted suicide 1 Bigamy 1 Debtor 1 Drunk and disorderly 1 Indecency 3 Ill-treating donkey 1 Forgery 1 False answer on attestation 2 Fraudulent enlistment 2 64† † I may add that the total number should have been given as 64 and not as 67.
§ MR. LEA (St. Pancras, E.)
Will the right hon. Gentleman lay down a ruling that no soldier having once been committed to a civil prison shall again be allowed to wear the uniform?