Sir HOWELL DAVIES
asked the Secretary of State for War whether E. Townley, 1797W No. 36361, Gloucestershire Regiment, was court-martial led as a conscientious objector for the third time on 23rd April and sentenced to two years' hard Labour, commuted to one year, which he is now serving in Horfield Gaol; and whether this is in contravention of his pledge on 3rd April that all soldiers who had served imprisonment would be discharged from the Army?
I would refer my hon. Friend to the reply given on Tuesday last to questions on this subject asked by the hon. Member for Newcastle-under-Lyme. I am informed that Townley had not completed twenty months imprisonment in the aggregate. There has, therefore, been no contravention of the pledge given on the 3rd April.