JUSTICE – SERGEANT DANNY NIGHTINGALE – 13 November 2012

Dr Julian Lewis: In view of what the Secretary of State has rightly said about the case of Abu Qatada, a prominent supporter of al-Qaeda, will he say a word or two about an opponent of al-Qaeda, namely the special forces sergeant who has been sentenced to an 18-month term of military detention for having kept a pistol that was presented to him in gratitude for his services by the Iraqi special forces? I realise that court martial procedures might be outside my right hon. Friend's immediate area of responsibility, but will he reflect public concern over that very serious matter?

[The Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice (Chris Grayling): I am aware of the public concern. My hon. Friend will understand that I cannot comment about an individual case, and of course courts-martial fall under the remit of the Ministry of Defence. However, I would always hope that common sense will lie at the heart of every judicial decision in this country.]