HC Deb 26 May 1879 vol 246 cc1233-4

asked the Under Secretary of State for India, Whether, in justice to those officers who were mentioned in General Roberts' Supplementary Despatch as having distinguished themselves in the front attack made by Brigadier General Cobbe's Brigade on the Peiwar Kotal, he will communicate with the Government of India and procure that Despatch in its entirety with a view to its publication in the "London Gazette," where only an extract, omitting the names of officers, has yet appeared?


, in reply, said, the practice of publishing subordinate officers' reports of military occurrences having been carried to a great excess, the Government of India had decided that for the future the duty of reporting on actions and campaigns should rest solely on the General Commanding-in-Chief, who was responsible for their conduct in every particular. He was afraid, therefore, he could not undertake to produce that to which the hon. and gallant Member referred.