HC Deb 10 March 1881 vol 259 cc739-40

asked the Secretary of State for War, If he would favourably consider whether, in the case of sergeants, the defaulter-sheet, which, in most cases, is but the record of youthful indiscretions, should be kept locked up as a confidential document, in order that a man who has so reformed as to deserve promotion to this rank should start in it with a clean bill of health?


Sir, in reply to the hon. and gallant Gentleman, I have to state that this is purely a question of the internal economy of a regiment, upon which I am very loth to express an opinion. I have spoken to the Commander-in-Chief on the subject, and at present he does not see any valid reason for the change suggested; but the matter shall receive attention when we have less pressure of Business than now.