HC Deb 24 January 1956 vol 548 c19
25. Mr. Ian Harvey

asked the Secretary of State for War how many cases of indiscipline occurred at Catterick Camp during the years 1954 and 1955, respectively.

Mr. Head

The number of convictions by court-martial at Catterick was 177 in 1954 and 185 in 1955. To calculate the number of summary awards for minor offences would need a vast amount of clerical effort which I do not think is justified.

Mr. Harvey

Is my right hon. Friend aware that there is some disquiet about the state of affairs at this camp, and will he give an indication through the normal channels that, if this state of affairs does not improve, further action will be necessary?

Mr. Head

The percentage of convictions is more or less the same as the average throughout the British Army. There is a large concentration of troops at Catterick, many of whom are there for only a short time, which presents special difficulties.