§ MR. SWIFT MACNEILL
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for War what course, if any, he proposes to take with regard to the conviction and fine at the Marlborough Street Police-Court of Lieutenant Prior, one of the seven officers† See (4) Debates, cxxiv., 1386.861 recently tried and acquitted by Court-martial; and whether his attention has been directed to the observations of the police magistrate, that it was painful in the extreme to be called on to say that he disbelieved on his oath the statement of a British officer, as he was accustomed to look on the word of a British officer as sacred.
§ *MR. BRODRICK
My attention has been called to the case in question, and to the observations of the magistrate. The Adjutant-General informs me this morning that Lieutenant Prior has tendered his resignation, but that he will be informed that if he does not take measures to prove his innocence of the grave imputations made against him, it will be necessary to consider his removal from the Army.