HC Deb 08 May 1916 vol 82 cc278-9
35. Mr. KING

asked the Under-Secretary of State for War whether a refusal to sign attestation papers entitling the signers to pay is a military offence; whether A. Paice and J. S. Dunn are now at the Duke of York's Schools, Dover, awaiting court-martial for refusal to sign such papers; if not, whether these men have to answer any other charge before a court-martial; and whether there will be an inquiry into the desirability of retaining these men in the Army?


My hon. Friend apparently suggests that there has been a failure of justice. If this has been so the matter must come before a reviewing authority, and, if necessary, it will come to the War Office. I think the matter may safely be left to be dealt with under the properly constituted machinery for this purpose.


Is my right hon. Friend not aware that an answer "Yes" or "No" to the first part of my question, instead of a long rigmarole, would have satisfied me?


The hon. Member cannot expect to get an answer if he puts his question in that form.