HC Deb 05 August 1941 vol 373 cc1777-8
30. Mr. Stokes

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he is aware that 2nd Lieutenant H. V. Crisp, Royal Engineers, was detained under Regulation 18B, because it was stated that he was a member of the British Union, was subsequently let out after six months because it was discovered that he had never been a member, is now without employment; and whether he proposes to re-post him?

Captain Margesson

It is not intended at present to re-employ this officer. Application has, however, been made by him for release to take up work of national importance in civil life, and he has been informed that any such request, if supported by the Government Department concerned, will be favourably considered.

Mr. Stokes

Is the right hon. and gallant Gentleman aware that this officer was released unconditionally for the reasons stared in the Question. What steps are officers and men to take who find themselves in this position and are unemployed while still engaged in the army? They have nothing to do.

Captain Margesson

As I have said, if application is made for their services in civil life, favourable consideration is given to it.

Sir A. Knox

Why cannot this man be employed again as an officer?