HC Deb 07 March 1861 vol 161 c1537

Sir, I wish to ask the Under-Secretary of State for War, Whether his attention has been called to the case of "Thelwall v. Yelverton;" and whether the name of Major Yelverton is to be retained in Her Majesty's Army List?


Before the hon. Gentleman answers that question—which I think, however, ought not to be answered— I wish to ask, Whether an officer has not been appointed by the Horse Guards to watch the case, whether the facts are not at the present moment under the consideration of the Horse Guards, and whether he does not consider that, under these circumstances, the interference of the House would be premature?


Sir, Major Yelverton has been suspended from the performance of all military duty pending the further legal proceedings which will probably follow from the result of the action of "Thelwall v. Yelverton." The Secretary of State for War, for obvious reasons, cannot, pending such proceedings, take any step which might tend to prejudge the case, and to interfere with the course of justice.