First World War (Pardons)

Defence written question – answered on 30th March 2006.

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Photo of Andrew MacKinlay Andrew MacKinlay Labour, Thurrock

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 27 March 2006, reference 60973, how many (a) letters, (b) emails and (c) petitions he has received in each year since 1992 which support the argument that posthumous pardons should not be granted to those soldiers executed in the First World War; and how many signatures were on each petition.

Photo of Don Touhig Don Touhig Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Veterans), Ministry of Defence, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence) (Veterans)

This information is not held in the format requested. The figures relating to the numbers of the communications received since 1992 on the subject of pardons for the soldiers executed during the First World War and to the views expressed have not been collated. It is understood that some of the earlier correspondence may not have been retained and the cost of the work required to compile the information requested would in any event be disproportionate. I can, however, say that the communications opposing posthumous pardons represent a small proportion of the total.

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