HC Deb 21 March 1938 vol 333 cc834-5
40. Rear-Admiral Sir Murray Sueter

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether he will consider appointing a committee to consider whether it is desirable and practicable that a naval officer or rating should have a right of appeal to some impartial authority against a sentence by court-martial and to make recommendations?

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty (Mr. Shakespeare)

My right hon. Friend is not aware that there is any demand for the appointment of a committee of the kind described in the question. As has been recently announced, a committee has been set up to inquire into the system of trial by court-martial, under the Army and Air Force Act. The Admiralty will, of course, give most careful consideration to any conclusions at which that committee may arrive.