HC Deb 19 April 1955 vol 540 cc2-3W
33. Mr. Hardy

asked the Secretary of State for War what has been the result of his inquiries into the death of Private Laffin, who was compelled to complete a route march in Germany just before his death, and into the placing under close arrest of the colour sergeant who was in charge.

Mr. F. Maclean

Private Laffin did not go on a route march just before his death. He had, however, taken part in a crosscountry run ten days before. From this he suffered no apparent ill effects, and I understand that there is no evidence that the run could have affected his condition. The non-commissioned officer to whom the hon. Member refers was punished for offences committed in the summer of last year. These were in no way connected with Private Laffin.