HC Deb 21 January 1924 vol 169 cc545-6W

asked the Under-Secretary of State for War whether he is aware that at the court-martial of Sergeant W. Corrie, Royal Army Service Corps, for neglect of duty it was admitted that after his arrest the figures were altered in the mess stock books by the order of officers; what punishment, if any, was meted out to the officers concerned; whether the two witnesses who admitted altering the figures were aware of the offence they were committing; and, if so, were they compelled by military discipline so to act?


Inquiries will be made and a further communication addressed to the hon. Member, but I would point out that the amendment of an entry in an account does not necessarily involve any irregularity. It may be merely the correction of an ascertained inaccuracy. In the present case, the court-martial proceedings indicate that the alterations were made in red ink, and I presume, therefore, quite openly.