HC Deb 03 December 1946 vol 431 c198
37. Colonel Wigg

asked the Secretary of State for War if he is aware that a compulsory church parade was held at Abbassia on Armistice Day; that during the service the padre welcomed compulsory church parades as essential to the maintenance of discipline; and whether he proposes to take disciplinary action against those responsible for this breach of regulations.

Mr. Bellenger

With regard to the first part of the Question, I would refer my hon. and gallant Friend to the reply I gave last week to my hon. and learned Friend the Member for Kettering (Mr. Mitchison), of which I am sending him a copy. I have called for a report on the second part of the Question, and will write to my hon. and gallant Friend.

Colonel Wigg

Can the right hon. Gentleman take steps to ensure, on receipt of this report, that orders issued by the War Office are carried out by everybody in the Middle East, irrespective of rank? This is particularly necessary in view of the slowing down in the release from the Forces

Mr. Bellenger

If I hear of any case where orders of the War Office are not being carried out by subordinate officers, the people concerned will hear further from me. [Interruption.]

Mr. Stephen

On a point of Order. Are hon. Members above the gangway in Order in howling, Mr. Speaker?