MR. T. M. HEALY
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland if the Inspector General's circular of 1887 cancelling past unfavourable records in the Royal Irish Constabulary has been invariably acted on; and, if not, in what cases; and, was it not intended at the time to be of universal application?
MR. J. MORLEY
The circular of 1887 referred to has been, so far as the Inspector General is aware, invariably acted on. It is not intended to be of universal application, as the terms of it shew. It only cancels unfavourable records so far as they would affect subsequent punishments or the grants of pensions or gratuities. It was not intended to apply to other matters, such as promotion or the comparison in other cases of one man's claim with another.