§ MR. SWIFT MACNEILL
I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for War if he will state on what grounds has the conclusion been formed that the mental infirmity of private Robert Weir, of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, who, on his return from the war in South Africa, was transferred from Netley to the workhouse at Enniskillen, where he is now a pauper inmate, was not due to the horrors and privations of the campaign in Natal through which he served with his regiment; and, seeing that Weir would be entitled to a pension if his mental infir- 66 mity was duo to his services in the Army, can he say by whom was the judgment formed that his madness was not directly or indirectly caused by these services, and to what supervision or control was that judgment subject.
§ * MR. WYNDHAM
This man became insane on the passage out, and twice tried to jump overboard; he was disembarked at Cape Town, and kept under supervision there for two months, and was then invalided home. Upon these facts the medical officer in charge of the hospital at Cape Town formed the opinion that Weir's madness was not the result of the campaign in Natal; that, opinion was confirmed by several medical officers through whose hands the man passed, and finally by the Commissioners of Chelsea Hospital.