HL Deb 13 June 1892 vol 5 c831

With the leave of the House I wish to ask a question, of which I have given private notice to Lord Wantage, who presided over a Committee to inquire into the terms and conditions of Army service. It is to ask the noble Lord whether he will state what were the reasons which guided the Committee on the terms and conditions of Army service with reference to the course taken by them in regard to the evidence sent home by Lord Roberts; and why that evidence was not included in the evidence laid before Parliament?


My Lords, owing to his absence in India Lord Roberts was not able to give evidence before the Committee; but the evidence taken by the Committee was from time to time unofficially sent out to Lord Roberts, and he sent home a paper which he himself described as "A review of the evidence taken before Lord Wantage's Committee." That paper, being in the nature of a commentary or criticism of the evidence, did not appear to the Committee, however valuable in itself, to be either intended or suitable for inclusion in the evidence and Report furnished to Parliament.