HC Deb 30 July 1954 vol 531 c135W
Mr. G. M. Thomson

asked the Secretary of State for War why men of the 117 Field Engineers Regiment, Territorial Army, have been warned that severe disciplinary action will be taken against anyone conversing in any way with Press reporters; and what charges have been preferred on these grounds.

Mr. J. R. H. Hutchison

As the hon. Member is aware, officers and other ranks are not allowed to communicate with the Press without special authority and, in view of the publicity given to certain activities of the unit, the Commanding Officer issued a warning. No charges have been preferred as a result of the instruction.

Mr. Wigg

asked the Secretary of State for War what disciplinary action he proposes to take, in view of the expression of opinion on a military subject without special authority by Major V. F. Erskine-Crum, Scots Guards, to the editor of the "Sunday Express" in contravention of paragraph 547 (a) Queen's Regulations.

Mr. J. R. H. Hutchison