asked the Secretary of State for War whether he has considered the case of an officer convicted of stealing War Department petrol, and sentenced by general court-martial, to be dismissed from His Majesty's service, which was confirmed, and at once reduced to a severe reprimand; and, to prevent injustice, whether he will reconsider in the light of this case, that of the Streatham non-commissioned officer in the same unit convicted of a similar, but lesser, offence at about the same time, who was put under close arrest for 21 days prior to court-martial, and thereafter reduced to the ranks, and compelled to serve a sentence of three months in detention barracks?
The hon. Member is assuming that the circumstances were the same in each case. So far as I can judge, and certainly so far as the responsible authorities have judged, the circumstances were not parallel.
asked the Secretary of State for War whether he can give any information about Private P. Davis who received 28 days' detention for taking some steak-and-kidney-pudding that he was entitled to; and whether he will make inquiries about the matter with a view of having the punishment remitted?
My hon. Friend is under a misapprehension. Private Davis was not entitled to the tins of food which were found in his possession. I am not prepared to interfere with the sentence.