§ MR. P. J. O'BRIEN (Tipperary, N.)
asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, Whether it is a fact that the regular Constabulary Force for the North Riding of the County of Tipperary stands at 309 men; whether out of that number there are at present only 266 men in active service in the district; whether the sum of £1,000 is annually paid out of the Riding for what is termed extra police; whether, including the so-called extra police, the regular force is at present short to the number of 19; and, if so, whether he will fill up the regular Parliamentary quota, and relieve the ratepayers from this tax for extra police who are not in the district; whether, at the recent Spring Assizes at Nenagh, where the presentment for this extra police tax was opposed, the Pro-siding Judge, Baron Dowse, replying to the Traverser, made use of these words—It is imperative on me to pass this presentment, otherwise I would be most happy to concede to the just application;whether he will inform the House, or give a Return, as to the number of per- 535 sons who are at present under police protection, and the number of men employed in discharge of protection duty in North Tipperary; and, for what purpose, with the comparative absence of crime in the county, as stated by Baron Dowse, the ratepayers are burdened with this tax for extra police?
§ THE CHIEF SECRETARY (Mr. A. J. BALFOUR) (Manchester, E.)
Part of this Question I have already answered. It is renewed with some additions, and without Notice, and it cannot be fully answered without local inquiry on some points. I can at once say, however, that the entire free force is not 309 men, as stated by the hon. Member, but 266.
§ DR. TANNER (Cork Co., Mid)
May I ask the right hon. Gentleman if he will obtain exactly the number of extra police employed in police protection?