HC Deb 05 August 1890 vol 347 cc1895-6
MR. GOURLEY (Sunderland)

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for War whether he will consent to place upon the Table of the House copies of the Minutes of the Courts Martial on the men of the Grenadier Guards, recently quartered at Wellington Barracks; and will he further consider the advisability of securing to soldiers similar publicity of trial as that of civilians in Magisterial Courts, and which, by the publicity of their proceedings, aid in diminishing crime?

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

To produce the proceedings of these Courts Martial would not be to the benefit of the Public Service. I may, however, inform the hon. Member that perfect publicity of trial is secured to soldiers, as all Courts Martial are open Courts to which the public has free access.

In reply to a futher question by Mr. GOURLEY,


said: I would venture to suggest that the House of Commons is not the proper place for discussing these proceedings.