HC Deb 20 June 1907 vol 176 cc589-90
MR. O'DOWD (Sligo, S.)

To ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland if he can state the number of extra police at present stationed in the country district of Geevagh, situate near Riverstown, county Sligo; whether he is aware that the county court judge, as well as the judge of assize, have pronounced the county as being in a most peaceable state; and, if so, will he state why an extra police force is stationed in this district; and whether the rates will be held chargeable for any portion of the cost of the maintenance of this force.

Governors of Colonies, other than those possessing Responsible Government Appointments, from 1st January, 1900, to 17th June, 1907.
Year. Number of Governors appointed. Number previously in Colonial Service (including Governorships). Not previously in Colonial Service.
Civilians. Military Naval.
1900 8 6 2
1901 4 4
1902 3 2 1
1903 5 4 1
1904 16 15 1
1905 2 1 1
1906 3 3
1907, to 17th June 4 3 1
Total 45 38† None 7‡ None
†This total includes two appointments of Governors whose previous service had been in the Colonial Office.
‡Six of these appointments were to Military Governments. The seventh was the appointment of an officer who had previously served as secretary to the Colonial Defence Committee.

I hope the hon. Member will not over look that the labour involved in preparing this Answer to a Question is almost

(Answered by Mr. Birrell.) Nine extra policemen are stationed at Geevagh. At the late spring assizes the Judge said that the calendar showed the county of Sligo to be in a peaceable state. The responsible police authorities consider the extra police at Geevagh to be necessary for the preservation of the police. These extra men belong to the established force of the county, and no charge therefore will fall on the local rates.