§ MR. SWIFT MACNEILL
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for War if he will say in how many cases of Courts-martial were the proceedings submitted last year to the office of the Judge Advocate-General, in how many of them were the convictions affirmed, in how many were they found to be irregular or illegal, and in how many had the sentences been wholly or partly served before such irregularity or illegality was ascertained by the Judge Advocate-General.
§ MR. ARNOLD-FORSTER
During 1904 the proceedings of 8,820 Courts-martial were received in the Judge Advocate-General's office. In forty-five cases the convictions were wholly upset, in seventy-five partly upset, and in 184 cases there were irregularities which did not necessitate interference with the conviction. There were also sixty-nine cases in which the convictions were not confirmed or were quashed by the military authorities. In all cases in which a sentence of imprisonment had been confirmed and ultimately quashed by the Judge Advocate-General a portion at least of this sentence had necessarily been served.