HC Deb 15 July 1901 vol 97 cc417-8
MAJOR RASCH (Essex, Chelmsford)

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for War if he can inform the House why information of the murder of British wounded at Vlakfontein was withheld by the War Office from 11th June to 11th July.


The very brief telegram in regard to Lieutenant Hern's statement was advisedly withheld until further testimony in support was received from Lord Kitchener and the inquiry asked for had been made.


Could not the right hon. Gentleman have obtained the information by cable?


Yes, Sir; but the inquiry could not be held by cable. As soon as the results were cabled to us by Lord Kitchener we made them public.