HC Deb 22 November 1917 vol 99 cc1338-9

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he has considered the evidence of the Inspector-General of Police and the instructions issued by him on 5th July, 1915; whether this official still retains his position; and, if so, what steps he proposes to take with regard to this officer?


If the hon. Gentleman refers to the instructions issued by the Inspector-General of Police in Ceylon, and dated the 5th June, 1915, the local Commission of Inquiry expressed their opinion that these instructions contained a clear and admirable statement of the steps to be taken in dealing with disturbances; and I see no reason arising out of these instructions to take any steps with regard to the Inspector-General, who retains his position.


Am I to understand that the hon. Gentleman agrees with the instructions issued by this Gentleman to shoot at sight, to hold no inquests, and to shoot people who run away?


The hon. Gentleman is not supposed to put a gloss on my answer. He is supposed to understand what I say.