§ 18. Dr. Stross
asked the Secretary of State for War whether he will order that the punishment awarded to Private K. Mason, of the 1st Battalion Worcestershire Regiment, for having his hands in his pockets and standing bareheaded whilst attending an open-air fete, be expunged from his records.
§ Dr. Stross
Does not the Minister accept that this is a very unusual case? Is it not true that there are recruiting posters asking men to join the Services, depicting men without their hats on and in uniform with the caption, "This is the life "? Does the right hon. Gentleman not really think that, in view of the fact that if schoolboys were to sneak on their fellow-schoolboys in this way they would be sent to Coventry, it is time that we stopped this sort of thing altogether?
§ Mr. Hare
I know that everyone has his own opinion on this matter, but I think everyone agrees that soldiers off duty must maintain a reasonable standard of deportment and discipline. Also, it is extremely difficult to draw the line between this kind of case and that of the 210 themselves but for their families, than Service men of other ranks.
§ Mr. Fernyhough
In view of the unsatisfactory nature of the reply, I beg to give notice that I shall raise the matter on the Adjournment.
§ Following is the table:
§ soldier who is obviously shabbily dressed, slopping about, and doing no credit either to himself or to the Army.