HC Deb 03 August 1943 vol 391 cc2072-3
30. Mr. Thorne

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he can give any information in connection with Driver Rogers, who escaped from his escort at Waterloo Station; whether Driver Rogers has yet been recaptured; whether he is aware that this is the third escape from military custody in London recently; that in one case, in Trinity Road, Wandsworth, two pedestrians were knocked down by the fleeing motor-car and died from their injuries; and what action he is taking about the matter?

Sir J. Grigg

This man was passing through London on his way to a detention barracks and made a run for it at Waterloo. He was picked up by a hackney hire car, and there is reason to believe that there was collaboration between him and the driver of the car. I am aware that there have been one or two similar cases, and if necessary sterner measures will be taken to prevent such escapes.

Mr. Thorne

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that one of the people injured through this exploit has died since, and what action is being taken?

Sir J. Grigg

I understand that the escapees were tried for manslaughter and acquitted.

Commander Locker-Lampson

Cannot persistent deserters be sent overseas, where they really cannot desert?

Sir J. Grigg

My hon. and gallant Friend is mistaken in supposing that deserters cannot desert overseas.