HC Deb 13 July 1955 vol 543 cc191-2W
Mr. Lewis

asked the Secretary of State for War what were the terms of the Army Council Instructions regulating the rights of officers and men to stand as candidates at the recent General Election; how far these orders forbade officers and men making speeches, sitting on platforms, or publishing opinions in the Press; and if he will issue new orders before the next General Election which will enable all officers and men, when on leave and in civilian clothes, to enjoy the same rights as the rest of Her Majesty's subjects, provided no mention is made of the person's military position when taking part in such activities.

Mr. F. Maclean

Instructions regarding Parliamentary Elections which were repeated before the recent General Election forbid officers and men while still serving from standing as candidates for Parliament, from making speeches, sitting on platforms or publishing political opinions in the Press or by any other means. I see no reason for departing from these rules which are of long standing.