§ MR. J. C. FLYNN (Cork, N)
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for War, whether his attention has been called to the proceedings of the Cork Corporation on Friday, 29th ultimo, when a city trader presented a bill for the malicious breakage of glass by soldiers of the South Lancashire Regiment, and several other breakages of glass were complained of as being committed by soldiers who wanted to get out of the Army; and, will the military authorities take any steps to compensate the aggrieved citizens or the Cork Corporation, who have to make good the damage done?
§ MR. CAMPBELL-BANNERMAN
It is true, I regret to say, that certain young soldiers in a battalion stationed at Cork, have been charged with the offence of larceny and window breaking. The cases are being dealt with by the civil power, and I am not aware of any reason why the public should bear the cost of making good the damage any more than in the case of civilian offenders. We have no reason to suppose that the object of the men was to get out of the Army.