HC Deb 22 December 1916 vol 88 cc1813-4

asked the Under-Secretary of State for War, having regard to Rule 119 (c), of the Rules of Procedure in Field General Courts-martial, on page 634 of the Manual of Military Law, issued by the War Office, that the proceedings shall be held in open Court, and to the successive questions on the Paper since last July, calling attention to the fact that the Field General Courts-martial in Dublin last May were held in camera, the Irish Law Officers expressly refusing to accept responsibility for this, whether General Sir John Maxwell has been asked to specify the law under which he supposed he was acting; and whether any competent Court, judge or Law Officer declares the proceedings in question to be legal?


I think the hon. Member will see that this question ought to be addressed to my right hon. Friend the Attorney-General.


Is the War Office now, after more than seven months, unable to tell the House under what law, if any, these courts-martial were held in Dublin last May?

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