HC Deb 29 July 1907 vol 179 c459

To ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland whether a number of vacancies in the inspectorate of the Royal Irish Constabulary are filled by limited competition amongst nominated and inexperienced candidates; and, if so, seeing that experience in police duties is essential to the discretionary and diplomatic discharge of such duties, and that the police inspectorate in Great Britain is entirely composed of experienced and capable men risen from the ranks, will he give instructions that, in future, the same system should be applied in Ireland as obtains in Great Britain.

(Answered by Mr. Birrell.) I refer to the Answer given by my predecessor to the hon. Member's similar Question on 24th July, 1906. † That Answer still holds good.