§ 24. Mr. M. Stewart
asked the Secretary of State for War whether Corporal John Ingham is still employed at the Guards Depot, Caterham; and on what duties.
§ Mr. Stewart
Is it not the fact that this N.C.O. was found guilty at a court martial of striking and ill-treating recruits on several occasions? Does not the hon. Gentleman think it rather surprising that he was still considered suitable to hold non-commissioned rank? May we have an assurance that he will not be put in a position where he will be in charge of recruits?
§ Mr. Fraser
It is not for me to comment on the findings of a court martial. Of course, the offence will be borne in mind when his future employment is considered.
§ Mr. Strachey
We are not asking the hon. Gentleman to comment on the findings of the court martial, which are clear enough; but does not it seem very strange that after such a sentence this man is considered a proper person to hold a non-commissioned rank?
§ Mr. Fraser
I am prepared to defend this, since it was confirmed by the proper authority. Looking into the background of this man, his past history, and the excellence of his previous record, I think that both the confirming authority and the court martial were right.
§ Mr. Shinwell
Is there not a misunderstanding here? Does the hon. Gentleman confirm that he said that he cannot comment on the findings of a court martial? Is he aware that his right hon. Friend can either confirm or act otherwise in connection with the findings of a court martial?