§ 29. Mr. M'KEAN
asked the Chief Secretary if he will say whether Captain Bowen-Colthurst was certified as insane by any competent medical authority; and if he will state the name and qualifications of such authority and the date on which the certificate of insanity was given?
§ Mr. DUKE
I am informed that Captain Bowen-Colthurst was found guilty, but insane, by the court-martial which tried him, and that before committal to the Broadmoor Criminal Lunatic Asylum he was examined and found insane by Dr. Dawson, Inspector of Lunatic Asylums, at present serving in Ireland as mental specialist to the Forces in Ireland.
§ Mr. DEVLIN
May I ask whether the military superiors of Captain Bowen-Colthurst are also insane? Are they still retained?
§ Mr. DUKE
Captain Bowen-Colthurst was never under the control of the Executive whom I at present represent in this House. He was at all times a military officer, and the Department which represents him in this House is the War Office, and no doubt if a question is addressed to the Secretary of State for War he will answer it. I am not able to do so.
§ Mr. FLAVIN
Can the right hon. Gentleman say at what particular moment did Captain Bowen-Colthurst conveniently become insane?