HC Deb 09 December 1908 vol 198 c472
MR. GINNELL (Westmeath, N.)

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland, in view of the belief of the Vice-Regal Commissioners appointed to investigate the charge of neglect of Crown Jewels stolen from Dublin Castle last year, as expressed in their Report, that the Government were already, before that partial inquiry began, in possession of all the information the Commissioners were empowered to elicit, will he state why no inquiry has yet been instituted with power adequate for a criminal investigation of the theft, with a view to the conviction of the thief and recovery of the stolen articles.

I beg also to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland, having regard to the complete failure of the Vice-Regal Crown Jewels Commission to do anything towards recovery of the jewels stolen from Dublin Castle or towards identification of the thief, and the general desire that a criminal investigation on oath for these purposes should be held, whether he will give the House his reasons for refusing such an investigation.


I have dealt fully with the subject of these Questions in the numerous replies which I have already given and in particular in my reply to the hon. Member for St. Pancras East on 1st June last. I have no intention of reopening the matter.