§ MR. MAGUIRE
asked the Chief Secretary for Ireland, When the Commission, part of whose duty it will be to inquire into the complaints of the Royal Irish Constabulary, is to be appointed and to commence its operations; whether the causes which induce the alleged abandonment of the service, and migration to America and elsewhere by so many of the force, if the allegations are well founded, is to be attributed solely to dissatisfaction arising from inadequacy of pay; and, whether he would recommend the appointment of a Commission to inquire exclusively into all the complaints or alleged grievances of the force, or authorise the Commission which is to inquire into the position of the Irish Civil Servants to institute a comprehensive inquiry into the case of the Royal Irish Constabulary, and report specially thereon?
THE MARQUESS OF HARTINGTON
, in reply, said, that the Commission would be appointed immediately, and commence its operations in about six weeks. He was not aware that the dissatisfaction and discontent prevailing among the constabulary were due to inadequacy of pay. It was not any part of the duty of the Commissioners to institute inquiries into any grievances other than those relating to pay; but if they discovered that there were grounds of complaint in reference to other matters it would, of course, be a matter of consideration whether further inquiry should be made.