HC Deb 29 July 1903 vol 126 c681
MR.WEIR (Ross and Cromarty)

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Colonies, in view of the fact that in the Report of the Commission of Inquiry into the recent disturbances at Port of Spain, Trinidad, in connection with the water ordinance, it is stated that there was absolutely no justification for the use of the bayonet by the police, will he state whether the members of the police force by whom the bayonet was used have been discovered; and will compensation be granted to the relatives of those persons who lost their lives.


The hon. Member will see from the Papers published that I have ordered a special inquiry. The Chief Justice of British Guiana has now been appointed a special Commissioner to inquire into the conduct of the police on the occasion. Until he has reported I am unable to consider any question of compensation.