HC Deb 15 May 1879 vol 246 c402

asked the Secretary of State for War, Whether he will be able to lay upon the Table of the House Copies of the Evidence produced at the trial by Court Martial in South Africa of a sergeant of the 60th Rifles for retiring a picket on an alarm of the enemy without the order of his officer, at which he was sentenced to five years' penal servitude and reduction to the ranks?


I have not yet received the Papers to which the Question refers, and I am bound to modify the answer I made the other day, in which I stated that the Papers were privileged. In the strict sense of the word they are not; but it is only when special causes have been assigned that it has been considered convenient that such Papers should be produced. Until I have seen the Papers I am not able to say whether there is anything special in their character or not. I expect them by the next mail.