HC Deb 30 May 1916 vol 82 cc2553-4
18. Colonel YATE

asked the Under-Secretary of State for War when the Report on the breakdown in the medical arrangements in Mesopotamia will be published; and if the Report will say who were the medical officers or other authorities in India responsible for the shortage of medical supplies?

The SECRETARY of STATE for INDIA (Mr. Chamberlain)

The Commission has not concluded its inquiry, and I am unable to give any date for the submission of the Report. The terms of reference require the Commission to ascertain and assign the responsibility of individual officers for any inadequacy or failure of relief, or shortage of personnel, equipment, vehicles or stores.


Would the right hon. Gentleman consider the advisability of an interim report, if possible?


No, Sir. I am entirely opposed to that suggestion. I invited the Government of India to appoint this Commission on my own motion, and without pressure from anybody. I did so because I thought it was very desirable that we should ascertain the facts, and I think that when the Commission report they should report with the presentation of the whole of the facts.