Mr. ALFRED DAVIES (Clitheroe)
asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty whether Richard Carmen, A.B., Fort Blockhouse, Submarine Base, was placed under arrest at Portsmouth on Saturday last without any charge being made against him; whether Carmen was arrested because of certain expressions of sympathy with the workers in the present dispute made by him in the mess; if not, the reason for the arrest; and whether any charge is to be made against him?1124W
§ Mr. AMERY
Able seaman Carmen was placed under arrest on Saturday last, not for the reason stated by the hon. Member, but on the report of a petty officer that he had committed an act to the prejudice of good order and naval discipline by handing to him a seditious pamphlet. This charge was at once investigated and dismissed, and Carmen was released from arrest. He was under arrest for less than two hours.