HC Deb 17 June 1915 vol 72 cc785-6
54. Mr. KING

asked the Under-Secretary of State for War whether an opportunity is given to a person convicted by court-martial of making any representation to the confirming authority with regard to his sentence or to any question of law or fact arising at his trial; whether regulations are issued by the Army Council with respect to the discharge by the confirming authority of his duties; and, if so, whether he will lay those regulations upon the Table?

The UNDER-SECRETARY of STATE for WAR (Mr. Tennant)

A soldier who is tried by court-martial has every opportunity of raising in his defence any question of law or fact at his trial, and if the trial results in a conviction the soldier has the right of complaint under Section 43 of the Army Act. The regulations as to the duties of a confirming officer are contained in the Rules of Procedure, 1907, which have already been laid before Parliament under the Statutory Rules Act, and are to be found in the Manual of Military Law.