HC Deb 29 July 1941 vol 373 cc1246-7
38. Mr. Cecil Wilson

asked the Secretary of State for War, seeing that it is laid down for courts-martial, in Rules of Procedure 87 (D), that the friend of the accused may advise the accused on all points and suggest the questions to be put to the witnesses, but cannot examine or cross-examine the witnesses or address the court, under what circumstances the friend may not be present in court throughout the proceedings?

Mr. Sandys

The friend of an accused is entitled to be present in court at all times during which the accused himself is before the court and desires his friend to be present.

Mr. Wilson

If I send the hon. Member cases where this right has been refused, will he look into them?

Mr. Sandys

Certainly, Sir.

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