HC Deb 13 March 1890 vol 342 cc712-3

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for War whether Sergeant A. V. Palmer has been asked by the authorities for explanation of the statements contained in his article in the Nineteenth Century for March; whether Sergeant A. V. Palmer, in reply, has declared that he would do nothing for Lord Wolseley or the War Office, but would do whatever General Hamley bade him; and whether one of the noncommissioned officers whom Sergeant Palmer charges with having killed a comrade in action was named Rogers?

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

I have no knowledge of the statements in the question of the hon. Member, and as Mr. Palmer is now a civilian, I have no control over him. But I have seen, as no doubt the hon. Member has also, the very explicit denials of Mr. Palmer's narrative, which have been furnished to the Press by officers and non-commissioned officers of the Cameron Highlanders, who are in a. position to know the facts accurately. I should have thought that they constituted in themselves a sufficient answer to his article.