HC Deb 04 November 1918 vol 110 c1768
31. Mr. WATT

asked the Secretary for Scotland whether a conscientious objector named Hugh Russell was on the 8th instant sentenced to another two years with hard labour, and is now undergoing such in Duke Street Prison, Glasgow; whether it was for the same offence as he had before that date served a term of imprisonment, and is it permissible under the King's Regulations to punish twice for the same offence; and is he aware that this man has brothers fighting with distinction in the Armies of France?

The UNDERSECRETARY of STATE for WAR (Mr. Macpherson)

My right hon. Friend has asked me to answer this question. I presume my hon. Friend is referring to Private Andrew Russell, who was sentenced by court-martial on the 4th October and is now undergoing punishment as stated. He was not sentenced for the same offence but for a further offence of a similar nature.


Will the right hon. Gentleman tell me why he has been able to identify this case, seeing that on a great many occasions he has refused to answer questions put by me because I did not indicate the regimental number in such cases?


I invariably try to answer any question put to me. I have no recollection of having refused to give the hon. Member any information that I had. It is extremely difficult to identify any particular private soldier unless you get his number and rank, but in this case I happened to have personal knowledge of it.