HC Deb 09 March 1915 vol 70 c1347

A sentence of imprisonment may be accompanied by a sentence that the prisoner be dismissed from His Majesty's Service and accordingly at the end of paragraph (7) of Section fifty-three of the Naval Discipline Act there shall be inserted the words "and may be accompanied with a sentence of dismissal from His Majesty's service."

Motion made, and Question proposed, "That the Clause stand part of the Bill."


I wish to make a correction in an answer which I gave yesterday to the right hon. Gentleman the Member for West Birmingham (Mr. Chamberlain). The right hon. Gentleman asked:— Does that mean that a man may be dismissed without a court-martial on a sentence inflicted by a commanding officer?"—[OFFICIAL REPORT, 8th March, 1915, col. 1182.] To that I replied:— Yes, up to two years. Then the right hon. Gentleman asked:— Over two years or under two years? Is any officer to have power to sentence a man to two years' imprisonment and to accompany that sentence with an order of dismissal from the Service without a court-martial? To that I replied:— I think the summary jurisdiction of an officer only goes up to three months' imprisonment, but if a Court awards two years' imprisonment then we propose it shall be in its discretion to accompany it with a sentence of dismissal. The former answer I gave is incorrect, and I take this opportunity of correcting it.

Clause ordered to stand part of the Bill.