§ Mr. J. P. FARRELL
asked the Chief Secretary if he will state the amounts charged during the years 1909 and 1910 to the counties of Down, Antrim, and Armagh, in respect of extra police imported into these districts to preserve order during the months of July and August respectively; whether these amounts are charged to the grants payable to the respective county councils or are paid by the councils themselves; and whether, in view of recent threatenings in these counties, it is proposed to station any permanent force of extra police there for the protection of life and property?
§ Mr. BIRRELL
The accounts of extra police expenses are not rendered monthly, but half-yearly. The amounts charged in the half-years to 30th September, 1909 and 1910 respectively, are as follows: Half-year to 30th September, 1909, Antrim, £13; Armagh, £687; Down, £85. Half-year to 30th September, 1910, Antrim, £4; Armagh, £157; Down, £85. With the exception of the claim for £85 against the county of Down, the various sums charged have been paid by the county councils concerned. A meeting of the County Down Council has not been held since the claim referred to was furnished. The Constabulary authorities have no reason to anticipate any necessity for a permanent increase in the number of police serving in the counties mentioned.