HC Deb 28 March 1938 vol 333 c1646W
Sir W. Allen

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he is aware that in 1919 the then Judge Advocate General ruled that, as the Army Act itself contains no provision which requires that the rank of a member of a court martial should be equal if not superior to that of the accused, the provisions of Rules of Procedure 21 (B) must be regarded as having no bearing on the jurisdiction of the court, and under what conditions and/or circumstances this ruling was given; and can he make a statement?

Mr. Hore-Belisha

The ruling in question was given in accordance with precedent.