HC Deb 01 December 1942 vol 385 cc986-7
24. Mr. John Dugdale

asked the Secretary of State for War how many courts of inquiry were held during the past six months?

Sir J. Grigg

Courts of inquiry may be assembled by an officer in command to assist in arriving at a correct conclusion on any subject. The reports of very many courts of inquiry therefore remain with the unit concerned, and my hon. Friend will appreciate that it is impossible for me to say how many courts of inquiry are held.

Mr. Dugdale

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that a very large number of these courts of inquiry are a pure farce and that much valuable time is wasted on them?

Sir J. Grigg

I dare say the hon. Member knows all about that.