Punishments (Suspension).

Oral Answers to Questions — Royal Navy. – in the House of Commons on 17th May 1922.

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Photo of Sir Thomas Bramsdon Sir Thomas Bramsdon , Portsmouth Central

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asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty whether, in view of the fact that the provisions of Article 8 of the King's Regulations and Admiralty Instructions do not allow for any punishment to be suspended pending the result of an appeal lodged in accordance with paragraph 2 of this Regulation, he will consider the advisability of amending paragraph 2 of Article 8 of the King's Regulations and Admiralty Instructions to allow of the sentence being suspended until after the appeal has been decided?

Photo of Lieut-Colonel Leo Amery Lieut-Colonel Leo Amery , Birmingham Sparkbrook

The Article quoted by the hon. Member neither allows nor forbids the suspension of punishments pending the investigation of an appeal. The suspension of punishments is permitted under certain circumstances by Sections 53 (1) and 74A of the Naval Discipline Act.

Photo of Sir Thomas Bramsdon Sir Thomas Bramsdon , Portsmouth Central

Is it fair for a man to be under the stigma until the appeal is concluded?

Photo of Lieut-Colonel Leo Amery Lieut-Colonel Leo Amery , Birmingham Sparkbrook

My hon. Friend is dealing with an individual instance which is under consideration.