§ Mr. A. Edwards
asked the Secretary of State for Air whether he is aware that Aircraftman 2, K. J. Hollowell, who has recently completed a sentence of 28 days' detention as a conscientious objector is now under close arrest, and threatened with a further three months before being granted facilities to state his case before the Appeal Tribunal, under Section 13 of the National Services (Armed Forces) Act, 1939; and what steps he intends to take to prevent this victimisation?
§ Sir A. Sinclair
This airman having obtained exemption as a conscientious objector then voluntarily joined the Royal Air Force, but after a short period of service refused to comply with orders and was sentenced to a summary punishment of 28 days' detention. On the expiry of that sentence he continued to refuse to obey orders, and is now awaiting trial by court-martial. As soon as the court-martial proceedings are concluded, the question of immediate reference of his case to the appellate tribunal will be considered.