MR. ARNOLD-FOESTER (Belfast, W.)
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland how many stand of arms are in the possession or under the control of the Royal Irish Constabulary; what is the amount of ball cartridge ordinarily in their possession and in reserve for Constabulary purposes; and in what magazine is the Constabulary ammunition stored?
MR. J. MORLEY
There are in possession and under the control of the Royal Irish Constabulary about 17,400 stand of arms. The usual quantity of ammunition in possession of each man is 40 rounds of ball and 12 of buck shot. There is practically no reserve of ammunition kept in the Department, and supplies, after the annual practice, are drawn from the War Department. It is understood the War Department issues the supplies to counties from the military divisional magazines.