MR. P. O'BRIEN
I beg to ask the First Lord of the Admiralty whether his attention has been called to a report from the Press Association that a stoker at the Seamen's Barracks, Devonport, was ordered 14 days' imprisonment for wearing shamrock on St. Patrick's Day last; whether he can give the name of the man imprisoned and of the officer who gave the sentence, and the general circumstances of this case, and, if the Press report is true, whether he will order the release of this man pending an investigation of the facts of the case, and until the House is afforded an opportunity of considering the matter?
§ LORD G. HAMILTON
Notice of this question was only received by me when I entered the House. I know nothing whatever about the facts alleged, but I am inquiring.