asked the Secretary of State for Air what compensation he proposes to offer in a case of which he has been informed, for illegal sentence whereby an aircraftman was placed under close arrest for nearly 100 days without trial; and what disciplinary action is to be taken against the group captain for his irregular procedure and illegal sentence of this prisoner?
I am aware of the case to which the hon. Member refers, but I must not be taken as accepting the facts as stated in the Question. The hon. Member alleges an illegality, the consequences of which might in certain circumstances require determination elsewhere, and it would be improper for me either to comment on the facts or to appear to prejudge the issues.
Is the right hon. and gallant Gentleman aware that there is no authority for an officer to sentence a man to more than 14 days, that this man was sentenced for 28 days and has been detained for more than 100 days without trial, and threatened with further detention unless he changed his attitude?