HC Deb 17 July 1907 vol 178 cc671-2
MR. O'SHEE (Waterford, W.)

To ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland what is the number of the Royal Irish Constabulary allocated to each county and county borough in Ireland; when was the last allocation or revision made, and by whom; is the cost of the entire number included in the annual Parliamentary Estimates; what are the charges of which payment is required from the county councils in respect of extra police; and what are the rates of expenses allowed to officers and men of the extra police force sent temporarily to any district over and above their usual pay and allowances, and over and above the actual railway fares or car hire necessary to transfer them.

(Answered by Mr. Birrell.) The distribution of the free force of the Royal Irish Constabulary was fixed, for the ensuing three years, by Order in Council of 18th May, 1906. The distribution was as follows:—

Counties. Sergeants and Constables.
Antrim 241
Armagh 185
Carlow 83
Cavan 169
Clare 367
Cork East Riding 453 701
West Riding 248
Donegal 348
Down 253
Dublin 164
Fermanagh 130
Galway East Riding 313 616
West Riding 303
Kerry 361
Kildare 142
Kilkenny 225
King's County 164
Leitrim 147
Limerick 303
Londonderry 122

See (4) Debates, elxxvi., 1394

Counties. Sergeants and Constables.
Longford 110
Louth 126
Mayo 403
Meath 172
Monaghan 123
Queen's County 131
Roscommon 256
Sligo 206
Tipperary North Riding 203 452
South Riding 249
Tyrone 222
Water ford 174
Westmeath 190
Wexford 192
Wicklow 152

Counties 7,630
Belfast 500
Cork 175
Limerick 85
Londonderry 90
Waterford 73
Total Sergeants and Constables 8,553

The cost of the entire number so distributed is included in the Estimates. The statutory charges upon local authorities in respect of extra police are, for each district inspector, at the rate of £92 3s. 6d. per annum; for each head constable, at the rate of £43 6s.; and for each man of lower rank, at the rate of £34 9s. 3d. When officers and men are sent for temporary duty outside their own counties they receive their travelling expenses but no other allowances except when there is no barrack accommodation for them. In such case the three classes before mentioned receive a nightly subsistence allowance of 15s., 4s. 6d., and 3s. 6d. respectively.