HC Deb 31 July 1890 vol 347 c1383

Some 10 days ago I was asked a question, which I was not then able to answer, with respect to the six Guardsmen recently tried by Court Martial and sentenced to terms of imprisonment. I hope the House will now allow me to answer it. In the interests of the men themselves, I hope that no attempt will be made, either in this House or by means of any public meeting, to put any pressure on the War Office in this matter, because it will be clear to the House that any sympathy shown or suggested with a gross breach of discipline will at once aggravate its importance and its danger. I think, however, that there will be a general feeling that the sentences passed upon these men were in themselves severe. The time has not yet arrived to decide this question, but I have requested the Commander-in-Chief, and he has readily undertaken to examine the cases of these men, including their subsequent behaviour in prison, with the view of considering whether, with due regard to the requirements of military discipline, any remission of the sentences could be granted.