HC Deb 27 March 1906 vol 154 cc1053-4

To ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland if the county inspector of the Royal Irish Constabulary stationed at Londonderry is given the allowance for a horse and servant; and, if so, why is a mounted man of the Royal Irish Constabulary and transport car employed daily to convey him from his private residence to his office at Victoria Barracks, a distance of nearly three miles; and whether he will arrange that this mounted man shall be employed otherwise in the public service.

(Answered by Mr. Bryce.) The Answer to the first inquiry is in the affirmative. The county inspector's official correspondence is necessarily conveyed each morning to his residence, 1¾ miles from his office, by mounted orderly or by transport car. In the latter case the county inspector usually takes advantage of the opportunity afforded by the return of the car to drive to his office when his duties do not call him elsewhere. This arrange- ment meets with the approval of the Inspector-General. It is necessary that the horses should be exercised, and when the car is not engaged upon other public business there is no reason why it should not be used in the manner indicated.