§ MR. FLYNN (Cork County, N.)
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for War, in reference to the suicide of Private William Slight, of 12th Lancers, at Ballincollig, on 21st May, whether he is aware that Sergeant William Rowe swore at the inquest that a full cartridge case was found in the great coat of the deceased and that it contained similar cartridges to the discharged one. Will he state whether the bullet which killed Private Slight was of the Dum Dum pattern; and is it the intention of the military authorities to permit the issue of this class of ammunition to the troops serving in Ireland.
No report of the inquest has reached the War Office. I am not aware of the exact pattern of bullet with which this man was killed. A certain amount of Mark V. ammunition is kept in stock, and is used only for practice purposes.