HC Deb 31 May 1886 vol 306 cc495-6
MR. R. POWER (Waterford)

asked the Secretary of State for War, Whether, when officers applied to the Duke of Cambridge, under the "Redress of Wrong, Army Discipline Act," he will make it compulsory on Generals commanding districts to forward the letters within eight days to the War Office; whether it is true that a case has lately occurred in the northern district of an officer of rank and service in the battlefield appealing to the Duke of Cambridge under the "Army Discipline Act;" and, whether his letters were not only delayed for several weeks, but strong measures applied to induce him to withdraw them and to leave the Army?


In answer to the hon. Member, I have to say that General Officers are bound to forward appeals without delay; but there are many advantages in allowing them some discretion as to time. With regard to the particular case referred to, I cannot answer the Question without knowing the name of the officer con- cerned. If I am furnished with that information I will cause inquiry to be made.