HC Deb 12 May 1873 vol 215 c1786

asked the Secretary of State for War, If his attention has been drawn to a statement in the "Manchester Examiner" of 2nd May, alleging that the commanding officer of a Cavalry regiment has been accused of misappropriating the lodging allowance of the riding master of the regiment, and falsifying a War Office Return for the purpose; and, if there is any foundation in fact for these statements?


Sir, an anonymous letter was sent to me in January, extracted from a provincial paper, imputing the conduct suggested in the question, and I immediately instituted an inquiry, the result of which left upon my mind the impression that the charge was unfounded and malicious. If the hon. Gentleman has any information which would justify me in instituting any further inquiry, and would assist me in doing so, I submit that he ought to communicate that information to me before the name of any officer is mentioned in connection with a transaction which is improbable, and so far as I know, or have any reason to believe, unfounded.