HC Deb 13 July 1916 vol 84 cc544-5
Captain A. H. BURGOYNE

(by Private Notice) asked the Financial Secretary to the War Office whether he has been informed that Driver McDonnell, of the Royal Aircraft Factory, was arrested almost immediately on his return from London and is now detained at the recruits depot, South Farnborough; whether he is aware that this man was one of the witnesses who offered to appear before the Judicial Committee now sitting under Judge Bailhache; whether he is aware that a complete indemnity against victimisation was given in specific words by General Sir David Henderson and confirmed by the Judicial Committee; and whether, under the circumstances, on the identity of this witness becoming known, he can explain the causes of the arrest, and whether he will institute an inquiry into the circumstances of the case?


This question was only handed to me after I entered the House, and I have, therefore, had no opportunity of investigating the facts of this particular case. I understand, however, that a complete indemnity against victimisation was given by General Sir David Henderson, and I am quite sure that it will be respected.