HC Deb 11 November 1941 vol 374 cc2024-5
18. Commander Sir Archibald Southby

asked the Secretary of State for War whether his attention has been called to the case of Mr. Charles Stevens, whose services at the War Office were dispensed with in 1935 and who has since pressed repeatedly for an inquiry to be opened as to the justice and manner of his dismissal; and whether he is prepared to institute such inquiry?

Captain Margesson

The case of Mr. Stevens was very carefully considered in 1935 before the decision was taken to dispense with his services, and it has since been re-examined by two of my predecessors in the light of representations made by Mr. Stevens. I have myself personally studied the papers, and I am satisfied that the decision did not involve any injustice to Mr. Stevens.

Sir A. Southby

Has Mr. Stevens been fully informed of the circumstances and the reasons for the decision?

Captain Margesson

Yes, Sir.