HC Deb 18 August 1871 vol 208 cc1845-6

asked the Secretary of State for War, Whether he is cognizant of the circumstances under which, according to the report in the "Weekly Register" newspaper of the 12th of this month— An officer of Her Majesty's 52nd Regiment stationed at Malta, has been sentenced to thirteen days' imprisonment and a fine of £5 for obstructing a procession of the Blessed Sacrament, which was being carried to a sick person, through the main street of a village, through which the officer in question, together with two of his brother officers, was riding?


I am not cognizant, Sir, of the circumstances referred to by the hon. Gentleman. The decision was that of a civil tribunal, and I am informed that no report has been received at the Horse Guards on the subject.


then put the Question to the Under Secretary for the Colonies.


said, that as the Question had been originally addressed to the Secretary of State for War, his attention had not been drawn to the subject until a few minutes previously. He would take care, however, that inquiry should be made, and that the result should be communicated to the hon. Gentleman.