§ MAJOR O'BEIRNE
asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, If the officers of the Royal Irish Constabulary and resident magistrates are subject to the same rules of compulsory retirement, according to age, as officers of the Army, Navy, and Militia; and, if not, if he will state if it is contemplated by Government to introduce rules fixing the age of retirement for officers of the Royal Irish Constabulary and resident magistrates; and, whether it is a fact that at present there are officers in the upper ranks of the Constabulary who have over fifty years' service as officers, and resident magistrates who have over thirty years' service as resident magistrates?
§ MR. W. E. FORSTER
, in reply, said, that neither the Constabulary officers nor resident magistrates were subject to the rules referred to, and the Government did not intend to make any change in that arrangement. One Constabulary officer had over 50 years' service, and one resident magistrate over 30 years.