§ MR. FYLER (Surrey, Chertsey)
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for War whether his attention has been called to a sham fight in the vicinity of Aldershot, on 18th December last, in which a private soldier was injured by one of several ball cartridges that were fired, and during which continued firing took place on the public roads at Camberley; and, if so, will he say whether this was in acccordance with War Office regulations; whether an inquiry has been held into the occurrence; and whether steps can be taken to prevent the recurrence of this inconvenience to residents in the district.
§ * MR. ARNOLD-FORSTER
My attention has been drawn to this case. The matter was referred to the general officer commanding, who stated that the circumstances as reported were greatly exaggerated, that he had already dealt with the case and had taken such steps as were possible to prevent any recurrence. The regulations in regard to firing on public roads are as follow:—"Firing on a public road will not, as a rule, be permitted; but when a road is unoccupied by the public, with no horses or carriages near, a single shot may be fired to mark the position."