HC Deb 22 June 1900 vol 84 cc778-9
DR. FARQUHARSON (Aberdeenshire, W.)

I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for War whether he will lay upon the table of the House the report of the inquiry to be made into the causes of the recent disaster at Aldershot.


At the same time may I ask the First Lord of the Treasury if the Government have any objection to laying the Report of the Court of Inquiry on the casualties at Aldershot on Monday, 11th June, upon the Table of the House.


Perhaps the hon. and gallant Member for South-east Essex will allow me to answer at the same time the question which he has addressed to the First Lord. The inquiry, which has not been made by a Court, but by the Adjutant-General, has established all the facts, no one of which is in dispute, or even in doubt. There is no objection to publishing the facts in greater detail than has already been given to the House. In respect of the omission to order that helmets should be worn by all men provided with them the Commander-in-Chief considers that the action which he has taken meets the requirements of the case. In respect of failure in the supply of light refreshments to two battalions, and of the number and duration of halts on the march back to camp, the Adjutant-General is inquiring into the action taken by individual officers commanding battalions, and the Commander-in-Chief will administer such reprimands or cautions as each case may demand.