Mr. Robert Hughes
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what representations to the court were made on behalf of Kevin Duncan, a serving soldier in the Highlanders, in respect of his sentence for a drink driving conviction in January. 
§ Mr. Soames
It is normal practice, as in the case to which the hon. Member refers, for an officer to accompany all soldiers to civilian court appearances to provide character references, job descriptions and details of pay and allowances. Information is also offered to the court about military matters which it may find helpful in its consideration of the case. The conduct of the court's proceedings is a matter for the court itself.