§ MR. MCCARTAN (Down, S.)
I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for War whether he is aware that the officer commanding the London Irish Volunteers declared that he had no trust or confidence in Roman Catholics, and, considering that the regiment is one of the most loyal and efficient in the Volunteer Force, largely composed of Irishmen and Catholics, inquiry will be made into the matter, with the view of assuring the men in the regiment that the commanding officer, in making such declaration, had not the approval of the War Office authorities?
MR. POWELL WILLIAMS
The question apparently refers to an unhappily worded letter written in November, 1897, to a friend and brother officer by the officer commanding the London Irish Volunteers. The letter had reference to an individual officer, and was marked distinctly "private."