HC Deb 04 May 1926 vol 195 cc190-1

(by Private Notice) asked the Secretary of State for War whether he is aware that reports are being circulated to ex-service men's organisations to the effect that the death penalty was reimposed when the Army, (Annual) Bill was before the House of Commons, and that a number of men had been shot as a result of such reimposition?


Yes, Sir: my attention has been drawn to one such report, which is mischievous; and misleading. The Army Act, which provides for the death penalty, lapses on 30th April each year, and is continued for the ens[...]ing year' by the Army and Air Force (Annual) Act. This is the only sense in Street is included in the list of parking which the death penalty can be said to places scheduled to the Regulations I have been reimposed. No modification have made under the London Traffic Act whatsoever was made by the last Army which, in this instance, merely regularised and Air Force (Annual) Act to the provisions governing the death penalty, as they existed in the Army Act of the preceding year. The rumour referred to hands of in the last part of the question, that a number of men have been shot as a result of such reimposition, is devoid of any foundation whatsoever, and it is almost unthinkable that any credence could be attached to it.