§ MR. H. C. RICHARDS (Finsbury, E.)
To ask the Secretary of State for War if the inquiry into the matters arising out of the fires at Sandhurst can be held by some tribunal unconnected with the military authorities and not under the control or nomination of the Commander-in-Chief; if the twenty-nine youths will be allowed at such inquiry legal assistance at the expense of the War Office or of their own; and, if he will reinstate or transfer to some other position in the Army the three non-commissioned officers who have been removed from their positions by the action of the Commander-in-Chief.
(Answer.) I am not prepared to take the discipline of the Army or the educational establishments out of the hands of the Commander-in-Chief, in whom His Majesty's Government have entire confidence. My hon. friend will find the answer to his last two Questions in replies already given.—(War Office.)