HC Deb 21 March 1879 vol 244 c1436

asked the Secretary of State for War, If he has seen the statement in the "Standard" that General Roberts had sent away the Standard's Correspondent, and had himself appointed one of his own Aides do Camp Correspondent to that newspaper, and that other members of his Staff, with his knowledge, held similar appointments for other newspapers; and, if he has taken, or will take, steps to prevent General Roberts from continuing to infringe the Army Regulation on the subject, and if he will instruct him to give the usual facilities for the presence with his Force of independent correspondents of newspapers?


Sir, with the permission of the House, I will answer the Question of the hon. Member. I have seen the statements in The Standard to which the hon. Member refers. I am not aware that there has been any breach of the Regulations; but if there has been, it has been on the personal responsibility of the General in command. A letter has, therefore, been despatched to General Roberts by to-day's mail, inviting him to offer such explanations as may be necessary of the statements that have been made.