HC Deb 09 May 1918 vol 105 c2312
46. Major NEWMAN

asked the Prime Minister whether he is aware of the public demand that the circumstances which led to the defeat of fourteen British Infantry divisions at the hands of more than forty enemy divisions should be made known without undue delay; and whether, seeing that six weeks have elapsed since the occurrence, he can say when the Report of the inquiry into the generalship of General Gough and the conduct of the Army under his command may be expected?


My right hon. Friend has asked me to answer this question. I would refer my hon. and gallant Friend to the written answer which I gave on the 1st May to a question on this subject by the hon. and gallant Member for Hampshire West, to which I have nothing to add.


May I ask whether the hon. Member realises the cruelty, not alone to General Gough, but also to the remnants of his gallant army, caused by this delay?


I cannot add anything to the very full answer I gave on 1st May.