§ Mr. Emrys Hughes
asked the Secretary of State for War how many soldiers were tried by court-martial in Malaya up to 31st October; and what were the offences and sentences.
§ Mr. Strachey
The number of soldiers tried by courts-martial up to 31st October, 1950, and details of the sentences awarded are not readily available. From 1st May, 1948, to 31st August, 1950, however, 465 officers and men were convicted by courts-martial in Malaya for the following offences: Manslaughter, 2; robbery, 2; stealing and fraud, 67; striking a superior, 47; desertion, 11; absence without leave, 49; disobedience-insubordination, 65; drunkenness, 21; conduct prejudicial to good order and military discipline, 112; other offences, 89.