§ CAPTAIN PRICE (Devonport)
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department, Whether, in the case of Sergeant Murphy, of the Metropolitan Police, any Report has been received from the Royal Naval Hospital at Plymouth, stating the nature and cause of his illness; and, if not, whether he will make the necessary inquiries?
§ THE SECRETARY OF STATE (Mr. MATTHEWS) (Birmingham, E.)
I have received a Report from the Deputy Inspector General of the Royal Naval Hospital at Plymouth, who states that the nature of Police Constable Murphy's illness is very obscure, and that the symptoms probably point to brain disease. He cannot say what the cause of the illness is, or whether it arises from drinking. However, the Chief Commissioner has no doubt from the evidence that this man was drunk on the 12th ultimo, for which offence he was reduced in rank before his present illness came on.