HC Deb 18 October 1944 vol 403 cc2354-5
18. Mr. Austin Hopkinson

asked the Secretary of State for Air what was the disciplinary action which followed the investigation into the cases of offences against the food regulations by officers of 54 Group, Training Command, Regent's Park.

Sir A. Sinclair

The commander-in-chief concerned, after reviewing the summary of evidence, decided that the institution of court-martial proceedings was not warranted. Three of the officers concerned were, however, awarded a reproof by the commander-in-chief, which was coupled, in the case of the senior officers, with a formal expression of the Air Council's grave displeasure.

Mr. Hopkinson

Does the right hon. Gentleman think that that is sufficient disciplinary action in a case of that sort?

Sir A. Sinclair

Yes, Sir. A very experienced commander-in-chief considered this case and came to this decision, which I support.