A short telegraphic report has been received from Major-General Gordon Bennett, which does not add greatly to our previous knowledge. In these circumstances, my right hon. Friend does not intend to make any further statement at the present time.
Since nearly a month has elapsed since this greatest disaster in military history, and since this General was holding a command at the time of the surrender and must be familiar with the great mass of the facts, is it not time the Government took the opportunity of obtaining a full report?
As I say, the only report we have received up to date is a short telegraphic report. I do not by any means exclude examination and discussion as soon as fuller information is at our disposal, but I do not think it would be of great benefit to have that discussion until we have the information.