HC Deb 20 October 1899 vol 77 c375
SIR HOWARD VINCENT (Sheffield, Central)

I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for War if, having regard to the numberless reports from the seat of war which are hawked about the streets and turn out in a few hours to have no foundation whatever, Lord Lansdowne would consider the desirability of establishing an official inquiry office on the ground floor of the War Office, or other convenient place, in the charge of a competent official, whose duty it would be to issue daily to the Press all official information which can properly be made public, and answer the personal or written inquiries by the relatives of the officers and soldiers engaged in the campaign.


Arrangements have been made under which important information is immediately notified to the Press. When nothing of striking importance has occurred a short statement of the military situation is posted daily during office hours in the west entrance, after office hours in the Central hall of the War Office. Inquiries as to officers or soldiers engaged in the campaign may be made personally, as to officers at Pall Mall, as to non-commissioned officers and soldiers at Winchester House. Such questions are answered immediately.