§ MR. SLOAN (Belfast, S.)
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland if he will explain why twenty-seven constables of the Dublin Metropolitan Police have been promoted to the rank of sergeant over the head of Constable T. Whyte, who was their senior and qualified for promotion.
§ THE CHIEF SECRETARY FOR IRELAND (Mr. WYNDHAM, Dover)
I am informed that this constable was not promoted because he was not considered to be properly qualified for the rank of sergeant. Seniority is an element, but not the determining element, in considering a man's fitness for promotion.
§ MR. JOSEPH DEVLIN
Perhaps the right hon. Gentleman will consider the advisability of promoting Constable Whyte to the Custom House Steps staff.