§ 41. Mr. Swingler
asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty what progress has been made by the Committee on Naval Courts Martial; and when a final report is expected.
My noble Friend has consulted Mr. Justice Pilcher, who has informed him that the drafting of the first report of the Naval Court Martial Committee is now well advanced, and that he hopes to be able to present it in the course of the next few weeks. As my hon. Friend is aware from my reply to his Question on 18th May last, the first report will deal with naval court martial procedure alone, and a final report on the other aspects of the administration of justice in the Royal Navy cannot be expected for some months.
§ Mr. Swingler
Is my right hon. Friend bearing in mind the promise of the Minister of Defence that action will be taken on these reports within the lifetime of this Parliament; and is he aware that action on the Lewis Report is being delayed until this Committee has completed its work?
I am certainly bearing in mind, as I said I would, the statement made by my, right hon. Friend the Minister of Defence.