§ MR. JAMES MACLEAN (Oldham)
asked the Under Secretary of State for India, If the inquiry into the charges brought against Colonel Hooper, late Provost Marshal at Mandalay, has been concluded, and if it is the case, as reported in The Indian Daily News, that—Mr. Moylan, The Times correspondent, has failed to substantiate several of his assertions, and that Mr. Bernard, the Chief Commissioner, remarked before the Court Martial that he considered the statements which had been made were not to be relied upon?
§ THE UNDER SECRETARY OF STATE (Mr. STAFFORD HOWARD) (Gloucester, Thornbury)
No Report has been received from the Government of India whether the Court of Inquiry has closed its proceedings. It is understood that the Court was not required to form an opinion on the case, but merely to collect and record evidence whereon to enable the Judge Advocate General in India 526 to decide whether charges could be framed on which Colonel Hooper could be brought before a Court Martial for trial.