HC Deb 20 January 1942 vol 377 c230W
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.