Mr. John Mark
Taylor asked the Secretary of State for Defence what representations he has received regarding bullying in the Army; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Freeman
No direct representations have been received in the Department. However, I should like to state quite emphatically that bullying is not tolerated in the Army. In recent months there have been a number of press reports carrying allegations of bullying. All such cases are thoroughly investigated, and in those few instances where allegations are substantiated, firm disciplinary action is taken against the offenders. In the case of the most recent allegations, concerning incidents at Junior Infantry Battalion Shorncliffe, an Special Investigation Branch investigation is under way, and I have called for reports when inquiries are completed.