HC Deb 20 November 1951 vol 494 cc196-7
17. Mr. Henry Channon

asked the Secretary of State for War if he has any information about the ill-treatment of Signalman Walter Jones, No. 5 Regular Training Squadron, at Catterick Camp.

Mr. Head

Inquiries are being made into this case. When they are completed I will write to my hon. Friend.

Mr. Channon

Can my right hon. Friend give an indication when he will be able to make a statement about this unfortunate incident, because there is considerable anxiety among the boy's parents and others?

Mr. Head

I agree with my hon. Friend, although at this stage I would not wish to comment on the case in any way. I understand that inquiries into this case will have been concluded by 21st November, and I will write to my hon. Friend.

Mr. Ede

Does the right hon. Gentleman not think it would be well to make a report to the House rather than to write privately?

Mr. Head

I am entirely in the hands of the House in this matter. I am quite prepared to make a report to the House as a whole.

Mr. Burden rose

Mr. Speaker

In view of the fact that we are to have a report, perhaps it would be better to pass on to the next Question.

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