HC Deb 06 June 1904 vol 135 c785

To ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland if he will state to the House the nature of the new instructions issued and the cause for their adoption by the Royal Irish Constabulary, under which constables visit houses to ascertain information by coaxing and deception, and photograph the inhabitants; whether constables in plain clothes take snap-shots at passers-by in main thoroughfares in cities or towns; and whether officers of the force shadow the constables in their performance of those new duties.

(Answered by Mr. Wyndham.) No instructions, such as suggested in the Question, have been issued to the Constabulary. The police do not take "snip-shots" of individuals incitie3 and towns, except on rare occasions where it is desirable, for police purposes, to obtain photographs of persons suspected of being concerned in crime. The reply to the concluding inquiry is in the negative.