§ Sir W. Allen
asked the Secretary of State for War whether he is aware that, during the trial of Major Sandford, R.E., by general court-martial, counsel for the accused protested in court against the manner in which the proceedings were being recorded by the Judge Advocate, and that counsel on two occasions handed written submissions to the court on behalf of the accused requesting that the manuscript record taken down by the Judge Advocate should be preserved and attached to the proceedings; will he state whether these requests were complied with; and whether these requests are attached to the proceedings now in the custody of the Judge Advocate-General?
I am aware that the proceedings of the trial show that counsel for the accused protested in court against the form of an entry made by the Judge Advocate in the proceedings relating to a matter connected with a request for an adjournment; and that the court subsequently informed counsel that they were satisfied that the Judge Advocate had correctly recorded the proceedings in that respect. I cannot find in the proceedings that any submission made by counsel in writing to the court contained a request that the manuscript record taken down by the Judge Advocate should be preserved and attached to the proceedings. The remaining points raised in this question do not therefore arise.