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Canal Zone (Missing Personnel)

Volume 524: debated on Sunday 2 May 1954

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asked the Secretary of State for War what instructions he has issued to commanding officers in the Canal Zone about notifying next-of-kin of men who are thought to have been kidnapped or are otherwise unaccountably absent from their units.

In addition to the normal procedure, in the special circumstances of the Canal Zone, where a man is absent from his unit for more than 96 hours and there is uncertainty about the reason for his absence, an immediate report is made to the War Office so that his next-of-kin may be kept fully informed.