§ SIR W. BARTTELOT (Sussex, N.W.)
I beg to ask the right hon. Gentleman the Secretary of State for War a question of which I have given him private notice, namely, whether his attention has been called to a letter in to-day's Times from Lieutenant-General Newdegate, Governor and Commander-in-Chief of Bermuda, exonerating the men of the 1st. Battalion of the Leicestershire Regiment from the disgraceful charges made against them sometime ago in a Dalziel telegram from New York? I have thought it right, Sir, to ask this question publicly in the House in the interests of a most gallant and deserving regiment; and I would venture further to ask whether the right hon. Gentleman has received any additional information in relation to this matter?
§ THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR WAR (Mr. E. STANHOPE,) Lincolnshire, Horncastle
I have seen the statement referred to by my hon. Friend, and from this, as well as from other information which has reached me, I am glad to be able to repeat what I have already stated in this House on a telegraphic despatch, that it is clear that what I then said was correct, and that the honour of a very distinguished regiment is entirely freed from an unfounded charge of insubordination.