HC Deb 02 June 1919 vol 116 cc1662-3
30. Major McMICKING

asked the Secretary of State for India whether he is aware that certain statements in the telegram from the Government of India, which was read to the House of Commons on the 1st August, 1916, with reference to Major-General Shaw were unfounded, and were completely refuted in Major-General Shaw's memorial; that no Court of Inquiry in the manner prescribed by the Regulations has been held to inquire into Major General Shaw's conduct in regard to the troop-train incident; and whether, in these circumstances, he will lay the memorial and papers connected with the Karachi troop-train incident upon the Table of the House?


As regards the merits of the case the Secretary of State has nothing to add to the answers which he gave to the hon. Member and to the hon. and gallant Member for Bury St. Edmunds on the 28th May. The Secretary of State will consider whether any useful purpose would be served by laying Papers.


Is not the censure of this gallant officer based now on confidential and ex parte statements which have not been communicated to him?

Brigadier-General CROFT

Is it not a fact that the statement of the Secretary of State on this subject was based on an Inquiry which did not inquire into the case of General Shaw, and further, that the Court was quite incompetent to inquire into the case of a senior officer of General Shaw's rank?