§ 40. Mr. Keenan
asked the Secretary of State for War when the hon. Member for Kirkdale will get replies to his complaints sent by letters on 28th February, 1955, 2nd March, 1955, and 12th March, 1955, about the sentences passed on three National Service men whose homes are in Kirkdale, and the stoppage of allotments to their mothers; and why it takes many weeks, or longer, for replies to be sent to Members of Parliament about Army matters.
§ Mr. Keenan
Is the right hon. Gentleman aware of the harsh sentences that are passed in the Zone-in these cases, six, seven and nine months-for offences which in " civvy street " would probably be met by a 40s. fine? I wanted to put the words " harsh sentences " in my Question but they were refused at the Table. I want to ask the right hon. Gentleman whether he will consider, in the cases of these young soldiers: who are very often boys, suspending the sentences 193 and giving them a chance, rather than penalising them when they are away from home. Further, can the right hon. Gentleman give a reply to the last part of the Question, and tell me why it takes the Army so long to reply to inquiries? I have had only half a reply to the three questions I asked.