§ MR. SWIFT MACNEILL (Donegal, S.)
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for War whether he is aware that the penalty of shot drill, which was abolished since April, 1899, in the Army, has been inflicted on prisoners in the military cells at Lichfield up till 17th February last; and will he state what explanations, if any, have the War Office authorities to give with reference to this circumstance, and on whom does the responsibility lie.
§ MR. BRODRICK
The officer responsible for the circumstance referred to is the officer commanding the Regimental District at Lichfield. The necessary action is being taken, and a full investigation has been called for.
§ MR. SWIFT MACNEILL
Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that this bar barous practice of shot drill was in use at this prison until 17th February last?
§ * MR. SPEAKER
Order, order! The right hon. Gentleman has said he has given all the information he has.