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Lieutenant A J Shadbolt (Termination Of Commission)

Volume 393: debated on Tuesday 9 November 1943

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asked the Secretary of State for War whether Lieutenant A. J. Shadbolt, who was called upon to resign his commission in December, 1939, was charged with any crime or misdemeanour between the date on which he was urgently invited to take a commission in September, 1939, and the date his resignation was demanded; whether he was ever allowed to discuss the reasons for his enforced resignation as provided for under Army Regulations; and, if not, why this officer was subjected to such irregular treatment?

As far as I am aware, the answer to the first part of the Question is "No, Sir." Mr. Shadbolt submitted an appeal against ale decision to terminate his commission. All the facts, including a statement from Mr. Shadbolt with his presentation of the case, were carefully considered by the Army Council, but it was decided that his appeal failed.

In view of the fact that this officer was urgently invited by the Army Council to take a commission at the beginning of the war, does not the right hon. Gentleman think that it would be a matter of common justice to have seen the senior officer and discussed this matter with him before this man was called upon to resign?

This case has been investigated in the greatest detail by my hon. and learned Friend the Financial Secretary and by his predecessor. The present Financial Secretary has written at great length on the matter to my hon. Friend and I think has disposed of all his points.

As the Financial Secretary was not able to give me a satisfactory explanation, may I give notice that I will raise this matter on the Adjournment at the earliest opportunity?