HC Deb 06 August 1912 vol 41 c2901

asked the Secretary of State for War whether certain portions of Belfast, notably those in which Nationalist sentiment is predominant, have been placed out of bounds for soldiers stationed in Belfast; whether the safety of the men themselves necessitated the adoption of such an unusual course; and whether military funerals proceeding from the Victoria Barracks to the cemetery have been ordered to make a considerable detour in order to avoid a particular district owing to the state of Nationalist feeling?

Colonel SEELY

The reply is in the affirmative. Since the riots in 1907 it has been found necessary to put certain portions of Belfast out of bounds, and the police are of opinion that in the interests of the soldiers these portions should still be put out of bounds, and that military funerals should not pass through the district in question.