§ 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."
§ Dr. MACNAMARA
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.