HC Deb 05 May 1903 vol 121 cc1372-3

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, whether his attention has been called to the destruction of official documents and records by the Royal Irish Constabulary authorities in Ireland; and, if so, whether he will state who authorised their destruction, and for what purpose they were destroyed.


I replied to a similar Question on this subject yesterday†

MR. TULLY (Leitrim, S.)

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland whether he can state the total number of recruits for the Royal Irish Constabulary who were informed that recruiting for that force had recently ceased; what was the average period over which the applications of those recruits extended; and, whether it is proposed in future to confine recruiting for the Constabulary to men discharged from the Army Reserve.


Eight hundred and eighty-five candidates for admission to the Constabulary were informed that †See page 1203. recruiting was suspended. Their names were on the list for periods ranging from one month to seventeen months. The reply to the concluding inquiry is in the negative.