HC Deb 05 March 1940 vol 358 cc196-7
71. Mr. T. Williams

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he is aware of the discontent among members of the British Expeditionary Force because of the multiplicity of minor offences for which punishment can and is being inflicted; that large numbers of young men with insufficient training are suffering punishments and indignities in consequence; and will he call for a special report from the commander-in-chief and thereby allay the anxiety of the troops and their relations?

Mr. Stanley

The answer to the first two parts of the Question is in the negative, and, in the absence of any particulars, I do not think it would be appropriate to ask for a special report.

Mr. Williams

Is the right hon Gentleman aware that there is great discontent among these young men, who are anxious to do their duty faithfully and well, and who, because of lack of training, have been guilty of minor indiscretions for which they have been punished, and which they would not have committed if they had known the rules and regulations?

Mr. Stanley

That is exactly the question the hon. Member has put on the Order Paper, which I have already answered in the negative.