HC Deb 30 April 1940 vol 360 c526
29. Mr. Thurtle

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he is now in a position to announce the findings of the recent Court of Inquiry on Government Contracts; and the action which he has taken thereon?

Mr. Stanley

No, Sir. The officer to whom I referred in answering the hon. Member's Question on 9th April last, is, I understand, making a formal appeal to His Majesty the King, and this has not yet been received.

Mr. Thurtle

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that this has taken a very long time indeed, and it is creating a very bad impression that we cannot get any decision from the War Office?

Mr. Stanley

That is not quite a correct presentation of the facts. The Army Act allows to officers whose conduct has been the subject of a court of inquiry certain specific remedies by way of appeal, and one of the appeals is a formal appeal to His Majesty the King, which in this case has been taken.