HC Deb 21 November 1946 vol 430 cc181-2W
Mr. A. Lewis

asked the Secretary of State for War why 11276359 Driver E. A. Turner, British Forces in Greece, has been kept under close arrest for over six months; why he was kept under close arrest for five months without court-martial; why he has not been informed of the court's decision; and if he will make a full statement in connection with this matter.

Mr. Bellenger

I have no information on this matter, but have called for a full report from the command concerned, and will write to my hon. Friend.

Lieut.-Colonel Sharp

asked the Secretary of State for War what duties are now being carried out by 5672620 Sergeant G., whose last known address was R.A.S.C., E.F.I. Depot, Upper Norwood, S.E.18, where he was taken on 9th September, 1946, two days before the end of his release leave; why the allowance paid for his wife and children was immediately reduced to that payable to a soldier of the rank of private; and when Sergeant G. will be free to resume his civilian employment.

Mr. Bellenger

This sergeant was recalled from leave for court-martial. He broke arrest and was reduced to the ranks, suffering reduction of pay and of his wife's allotment and allowance. He was court-martialled on 5th November and found guilty on a charge of stealing. He was sentenced to 42 days' imprisonment but will be free to resume his civilian employment on discharge from prison.