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Ex-Officer's Claim

Volume 464: debated on Tuesday 3 May 1949

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asked the Secretary of State for War whether he has considered the case of 224048 ex-Captain John Routcliffe Squire, M.B.E., Royal Engineers, which was forwarded to him on 21st April; whether, in this case, he is prepared to recommend any financial compensation for wrongful imprisonment; and if he will make a statement.

I understand that this ex-officer is taking proceedings forthwith in this matter. It must, therefore, be regarded as sub judice.

Cannot the right hon. Gentleman tell the House and the public, who are taking such an interest in this case, whether some compensation is not allowable in a case of this sort, where a man has tried to clear his name and has spent much of his private income, apart from receiving insults about which I have told the Secretary of State? Cannot he tell the House whether some compensation is allowable?

This ex-officer is taking proceedings, and it would be quite improper for me to express an opinion at this stage.

I understand that proceedings are taking place in this case, and therefore we cannot discuss it. I should not have allowed the last question.