§ MR. BARROW (Southwark, Bermondsey)
I beg to ask the Secretary for War whether he has made an investigation into the case of Bernard Dunn, who was discharged from the Military Accoutrement Department at Woolwich, on 29th March, 1890, for giving information which led to the discovery of the unsatisfactory manner in which Army contracts were being completed; whether he is aware that his predecessor in Office admitted, in reply to a question put in this House, that "Moody and Dunn undoubtedly rendered a public service"; and whether he can see it consistent with his public 909 duty to restore Bernard Dunn to his former position?
§ *THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY TO THE WAR OFFICE (Mr. WOODALL,) Hanley
Will my hon. Friend allow me to answer this question? My hon. Friend has been misinformed as to the reasons for Bernard Dunn's dismissal from his employment at Woolwich. As stated by the hon. Member for Guildford (Mr. Brodrick) on July 28, 1890, he was dismissed for insubordination in having published a pamphlet containing false statements about his superior officers, and about the Department in which he served. The Secretary of State is not prepared to re-open the case, which was decided by his predecessor after full consideration, and with every wish to take as lenient a view as possible.