HC Deb 22 October 1946 vol 427 c1458
24. Mr. Hector Hughes

asked the Secretary of State for War if he will take early steps to implement the recommendations of the committee presided over by Mr. Justice Oliver in 1938 to 1940 (Cmd. 6200) dealing with the right of a person convicted by court martial to appeal to a civil judicial tribunal against his conviction.

Mr. Bellenger

The Oliver Court Martial Committee did not recommend a right of appeal from a court martial to a civil judicial tribunal, vide paragraph 22 of their report. As, however, this matter is again to be considered by another committee, as intimated in an answer which I gave to my hon. and learned Friend on 15th October, I would prefer not to say anything at this stage likely to prejudice the deliberations of the new committee.

Mr. Hughes

May I ask the Minister whether the committee about to be appointed will supersede the Oliver Committee; when will it be appointed, and what will be its term of reference?

Mr. Bellenger

I hope to give some early information to the House on the latter point.