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Courts-Martial (Home Guard Officers)

Volume 388: debated on Thursday 8 April 1943

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asked the Secretary of State for War whether in courts-martial on Home Guard officers there are direct representatives of the Home Guard fully conversant with the conditions under which the Home Guards work; and, if not, will he consider altering the constitution of courts-martial accordingly?

A court-martial on an officer of the Home Guard normally includes an officer of the Home Guard. This officer must, however, be eligible to serve on a court-martial under the terms of the Army Act, that is, he must at some time have held a commission during not less than three whole years. If there is no such officer available the convening officer must add a certificate to this effect to the convening order. I do not consider that any alteration in these arrangements is called for.