National Council for Civil Liberties (Absentees Without Leave)

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 14th January 1971.

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Photo of Mr Tom Driberg Mr Tom Driberg , Barking 12:00 am, 14th January 1971

asked the Minister of State for Defence if he has considered the letter addressed to him on 30th November, 1970 by the Secretary of the National Council for Civil Liberties, concerning two men who have been absent without leave from their service duties for six years; and what reply he has returned thereto.

Photo of Lord  Balniel Lord Balniel , Hertford

I have written to the Secretary of the N.C.C.L.

Photo of Mr Tom Driberg Mr Tom Driberg , Barking

While thanking the hon. Gentleman for sending that reply, which I understand was received yesterday, may I ask whether he will circulate a copy of it in HANSARD? I have not seen it, but I gather that it was reasonably satisfactory, so far as it went, and also informative.

Photo of Lord  Balniel Lord Balniel , Hertford

I think all letters I send are reasonably satisfactory; at least, I hope that that is the case. It would be wrong for me to circulate in HANSARD what was a private letter without the agreement of the recipient. I accept that the very existence of the Question put down by the hon. Gentleman probably accelerated the reply which has been sent.