HC Deb 03 March 1904 vol 131 cc47-8
MR. JOYCE (Limerick)

To ask the Secretary of State for War whether his

Year. Expenditure on Estimates apart from War. Expenditure under Military Loans. Total Expenditure (apart from War) including Loans.
£ £ £
1895–6 18,470,535 619,579 19,090,114
1898–9 20,096,373 947,423 21,043,796
1901–2 25,528,574 1,749,487 30,278,061
1902–3 28,716,627 1,622,294 30,378,921
1903–4 29,800,000 3,600,000 33,400,000
1904–5 28,830,000 28,830,000

attention has been called to the case of Private John Duite, Leinster Regiment, No. 5674, now a prisoner in Maryborough Gaol, serving a term of five years penal servitude for being engaged in a military riot in Pretoria last year; and whether, in view of the age and circumstances of this man's parents, he will have his case taken into consideration with a view to having his punishment ameliorated if his conduct has been good during his imprisonment.

(Answered, by Mr. Secretary Arnold-Forster). This man participated in an armed meeting at Pretoria of an exceedingly grave character which resulted in the death of one of his comrades and the wounding of two others by rifle bullets. He was sentenced to five years' penal: servitude on 14ih May, 1903. The case has been carefully considered, and it has been decided to let the law follow its ordinary course, in accordance with which he may obtain such remission of his sentence as is accorded by prison rules to a man who conducts himself well whilst in confinement.