HC Deb 21 November 1946 vol 430 cc1005-6
34. Mr. Hector Hughes

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many of the persons convicted by civil courts of criminal offences in Great Britain during the year to 31st December, 1945, and during the period from 1st January, 1946, to 31st October, 1946, were persons previously convicted by courts martial; and how many of these were proved to have been absentees from their forces' units.

Mr. Ede

I regret that the information requested is not available. According to information supplied by the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis, of the total number of persons arrested for indictable crimes in 1944 in the Metropolitan Police District, deserters from the Services formed 7 per cent., and in the year 1945, 5.7 per cent.