POINT OF ORDER – SERGEANT DANNY NIGHTINGALE – 12 November 2012

Dr Julian Lewis: On a point of order, Mr Deputy Speaker. I am sure that anyone who cares about the welfare of members of the Armed Forces will have been shocked by the Armistice day story in yesterday's Sunday Telegraph about a special forces sergeant who has been sentenced to a year and a half in prison for having kept a presentation weapon given to him by the Iraqi special forces five years ago. Has there been any indication from a Defence Minister that a Defence Minister will come to this House to make a statement soon on the outrageously disproportionate and unjust nature of the sentence that has been passed on this gentleman, who has spent his life fighting people from al-Qaeda, not proselytising for them?

[Mr Deputy Speaker (Mr Nigel Evans): Thank you for that point of order, Dr Lewis. I have not been notified that a Defence Minister, or indeed any other Minister, wishes to make a statement today on this matter or on any other. But should that change, the House will be informed in the usual way.]