HC Deb 12 June 1888 vol 326 c1824
MR. HARRIS (Galway, E.)

asked the Secretary of State for War, Whether Major Inver, commanding a company of the Scots Fusiliers stationed at Portumna, County Galway, issued orders to the men under his command on the 10th ultimo, stating that, on pain of imprisonment, they should not enter the house of Thomas Nayes, licensed publican of that town; and, can he state what was the reason for giving such order?

THE SECRETARY OF STATE (Mr. E. STANHOPE) (Lincolnshire, Horncastle)

The house in question was placed out of bounds by the officer in command in the exercise of his power as such. I see no ground for questioning his discretion. It is impossible to expect that the administrative and executive functions entrusted to officers in command will be properly exercised if this House intervenes in such minute questions of detail as placing a public-house out of bounds.