HC Deb 17 March 1891 vol 351 c1236

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.