§ MR. SWIFT MACNEILL (Donegal, S.)
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for War whether, in view of the evidence submitted before the Court-martial at Wellington Barracks for the trial of seven officers in reference to the incident at the Mount Nelson Hotel, Cape Town, and of the fact that the verdict was given solely on the charges of indecency and blasphemy, what action is going to be taken by the War Office in respect to the admitted conduct of the aforesaid officers towards a civilian at Cape Town.
§ THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR WAR (MR. BRODRICK,) Surrey, Guildford
No further action will be taken by the War Office in respect of these officers. They have been tried and acquitted on the charges advanced by Mr. Stanford subsequently to the verdict of the civil Court, and it would not be in accordance with justice or precedent to go back on other charges for which compensation has been paid in a civil Court, and since which the officers have been re-employed in the field.