HC Deb 26 February 1920 vol 125 cc1926-7W

asked the Secretary of State for War the number of soldiers still undergoing imprisonment for military offences committed during the late War; and whether, in view of the fact that many of the imprisoned men, whether volunteers or conscripts, will return to civil life immediately upon release, he can undertake to institute a general review of all such cases, with the ultimate purpose of adopting a large measure of amnesty?


There are no soldiers at present undergoing sentences of imprisonment, with or without hard labour, for military offences in civil prisons in this country. As regards men undergoing sentences of penal servitude in this country for military offences committed during the War, I am having the required figures prepared. With reference to the last part of the question, I would refer my hon. Friend to the statement which I made on the 10th December last, in reply to the hon. Member for Whitechapel (Mr. Kiley), and to page 10 of the Memorandum relating to the Army Estimates, which was circulated last Monday.