HC Deb 13 July 1868 vol 193 c1106

said, he would beg to ask the Secretary of State for War, Whether his omission to give any reply to the Motion respecting the placing in store of Ammunition now carried by the Noncommissioned Officers and Privates of the Army is to be interpreted as an acquiescence in the propriety of adopting such return to the original practice in the Army; and, if not, whether he is prepared to accept the responsibility of offering facilities to men, when either insane or intoxicated, for committing outrages in barracks similar to those which have already been attended with fatal results on several previous occasions?


said, he had to apologize to the hon. Member for not giving an Answer on Monday night last, when the subject was brought before the House by him, pursuant to Notice; but his (Sir John Pakington's) attention had been engrossed by the Motion and speech of the hon. and gallant Member for Lich-field (Major Anson). He could by no means accept the sort of argument by which the hon. Member concluded his question. Had he answered the hon. Gentleman's Question the other evening he could only have repeated what he had before stated—namely, that he should be throwing great discredit and a slur upon the whole British Army, were he to be induced, in consequence of one or two isolated acts of violence, to deprive the whole of the non-commissioned officers and privates of the ammunition with which they had hitherto been entrusted.