§ MR. J. O'CONNOR (for Mr. P. O'BRIEN, Monaghan, N.)
I beg to ask the First Lord of the Admiralty what was the name and length of service of the Lieutenant who ordered Frederick Dwyer to take the shamrock out of his cap at Devonport on St. Patrick's Day last; what was the date upon which Commander Neville reduced Dwyer's sentence from fourteen to seven days; was it as a result of any communication from the Admiralty; and whether, in consideration of the circumstances which led to Dwyer's disobedience, he will see that this occurrence shall not be recorded against him, or in any way interfere with his chances of promotion?
§ LORD G. HAMILTON
The officer in question was Lieutenant Edward P. Powell, who has seniority as Lieutenant of 16th April, 1878. Dwyer's sentence was reduced on the 20th March, but entirely independent of any intervention by the Admiralty. The man's Christian name is Patrick and not Frederick 692 as previously stated. His conduct since he joined the Service in 1889 is noted as very good, and if he continues to behave in other respects as he has done in the past, his act of disobedience will not be recorded against him.