HC Deb 02 December 1908 vol 197 c1443

To ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland why the average cost of the entire force is taken into account in fixing the rate of charge for extra sergeants and constables in a county, and what bearing it has upon the cost of extra police drafted from one county to another; whether the only extra expenses incurred on account of drafting extra police from one county to another are travelling expenses, subsistence allowances, medical attendance where necessary, and barrack accommodation; and, if so, why is not the charge for such extra police based upon the average of these expenses exclusive of other considerations.

(Answered by Mr. Birrell.) The manner in which the rates of charge referred to in the Question are to be determined is clearly laid down by Section 5 of the Constabulary (Ireland) Act, 1874, to which I would refer the hon. Member.