HC Deb 28 January 1941 vol 368 cc404-5
7. Mr. Edmund Harvey

asked the Secretary of State for War at what date the report of the special inquiry into allegations of ill-treatment of conscientious objectors attached to the non-combatant corps was presented; and whether he has now considered the report and is in a position to make a statement on the subject?

11. Mr. McGovern

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he can now publish a complete report of the committee of inquiry into the allegations of brutality used against conscientious objectors at Liverpool; and state what action has been taken, or is proposed to be taken, against those responsible, and the nature of the precautions against any repetition of such conduct by the military?

23. Mr. Glenvil Hall

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he is now in a position to publish the report of the inquiry into the alleged ill-treatment of conscientious objectors by the military?

Captain Margesson

The report was received on 28th November last. After careful consideration, I have decided that one officer and six non-commissioned officers, against whom allegations have been made, should be tried by court-martial, and instructions have been issued accordingly. It will be appreciated, therefore, that I could not properly make any further statement at this stage.

Mr. McGovern

Is the Minister aware that there are still allegations of brutal treatment, of which I will send him particulars? Will he not give a guarantee to inquire further into those allegations, with a view to putting an end to what is happening, and will he also send a copy of his reply to the hon. Member for Shoreditch (Mr. Thurtle)?