HC Deb 23 June 1915 vol 72 cc1163-4
24. Mr. CLYNES

asked the Under-Secretary of State for War whether his attention has been drawn to the effects upon the administration of justice, and upon the reputation of the Army, of soldiers charged with various offences appearing in Courts in their uniform; and whether, as in the case of policemen, the wearing of uniform on such occasions will be prevented?


I have seen certain remarks made by magistrates, but otherwise I have no information in the sense of the first part of the question. The position of soldiers and policemen is different. The latter wear plain clothes when off duty; the former have no plain clothes. I am afraid, therefore, my hon. Friend's suggestion is not easy to realise, though I recognise the point of view from which he makes it.