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Michael Roche (Conviction and Release).

Oral Answers to Questions — Genoa Conference. – in the House of Commons on 25th May 1922.

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Photo of Mr Rupert Gwynne Mr Rupert Gwynne , Eastbourne

18.

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether Michael Roche, who was convicted, in January last, of a serious crime against military disciplne and sentenced to six months' imprisonment, was released in April; and, if so, whether those responsible for the discipline of the Army were first consulted, and did they approve?

Photo of Mr Edward Shortt Mr Edward Shortt , Newcastle upon Tyne West

When it was decided to release the other men who were convicted with Roche, his case was also considered, and it was thought right to remit the remainder of his sentence. Roche was convicted by a civil court of larceny, and no question of military discipline arose.

Photo of Mr Rupert Gwynne Mr Rupert Gwynne , Eastbourne

Can the right hon. Gentleman reply to the last part of my question, as to whether those responsible for the discipline of the Army were first consulted?

Photo of Mr Rupert Gwynne Mr Rupert Gwynne , Eastbourne

Will the right hon. Gentleman say who gave orders for the release of this man, as well as the two Irish prisoners convicted of stealing the guns? Was it the Cabinet, or the right hon. Gentleman himself as Home Secretary?

Photo of Mr Edward Shortt Mr Edward Shortt , Newcastle upon Tyne West

It was part of the general policy.

Photo of Mr Robert Sharman-Crawford Mr Robert Sharman-Crawford , Down Mid

Can the right hon. Gentleman say if this non-commissioned officer has been reinstated in his regiment?

Photo of Mr Edward Shortt Mr Edward Shortt , Newcastle upon Tyne West

I should think not, but I do not know.