§ MR. T. D. SULLIVAN (Dublin, College Green)
asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, If he will inform the House how many members of the Royal Irish Constabulary have, up to the present date, been killed and wounded in the Belfasts riots of this year? The right hon. Member said he would further like to ask, if it was in the power of the right hon. Gentleman to give them the information, if he could tell them the number of the military who had been killed and wounded in the Belfast riots of the present season?
§ THE CHIEF SECRETARY (Sir MICHAEL HICKS-BEACH) (Bristol, W.)
I am afraid I can give no information as to the military. That was not included in the Question. I am informed that one head-constable was killed, and 5 officers and 36 members of the Constabulary were seriously injured. In all, 332 members of the force of all ranks 883 were more or less injured; but in many cases the injuries were not serious.
§ MR. SEXTON (Belfast W., and Sligo, S.)
I should like to ask the right hon. Gentleman whether the number he has given includes all the men who were incapacitated; and whether he can distinguish between the injuries so as to show what was the number of wounds inflicted by firearms?
§ SIR MICHAEL HICKS-BEACH
I believe those figures include all the men who were incapacitated. I am not able to distinguish between the injuries inflicted by firearms; but the large majority of the injuries has been caused by stone-throwing.