§ MR. LOUGH (Islington, W.)
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he will state what punishments have been administered to that portion of the West African field force which mutinied at Coomassie; how were the courts-martial that tried the prisoners constituted; and under what Acts of Parliament are the engagement, remuneration, and discipline of these soldiers regulated.
§ MR. BRODRICK
In reply to the first paragraph I have no information beyond the fact that one ringleader was condemned to death by field general court-martial, and was shot on the 1st April. As regards the second paragraph, 743 the reply is that the West African Ordinance dated 21st December, 1898, in conjunction with the Army Act, regulates the engagement, remuneration, and discipline of the soldiers alluded to.