§ Mr. Ron Lewis
asked the Secretary of State for Defence what percentage of summary and courts martial sentences are of three months or less; and if he will take steps, by legislation or otherwise, to reduce the number of short sentences for minor offences in conformity with current civil practice.
§ Mr. Reynolds
All summary sentences of detention, and 53 per cent. of those awarded by courts martial, are of three months or less.
The Armed Forces Act, 1966 extends the scope for the use of fines as punishment, which will allow for greater flexibility.