HC Deb 14 July 1884 vol 290 cc920-1

asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, Whether it is a fact that, in the Constabulary Lists issued on the 1st of January and 1st of July in each year, the circumstances under which officers, during preceding six months, have ceased to be members of the force are duly recorded; why this rule has not been adhered to in the case of James Ellis French; and, why it is not stated in the List last published, whether he has been dismissed, compelled to retire without pension, or superannuated?


The Constabulary List is not a publication for which the Government or the Constabulary Authorities are responsible. It is a private undertaking, and has no official character beyond this—that its proprietor has the permission or authority of the Inspector General to publish it for the convenience of the Force. He is under no obligation to publish all or any portion of it. With regard, however, to what the hon. Member regards as an omission, there is no objection to state that the explanation is that County Inspector French was discharged on medical certificate of unfitness for further service, and with an intimation that the question of pension would pend, and that as this question was still undecided when The Constabulary List for July was sent to press, the compiler thought it better to postpone the insertion of the case.