24. Mr. F. HALL (Dulwich)
asked by whom the order for the seizure of the rifles of the Officers' Training Corps at Queen's University and Campbell College, Ireland, was given; what were the reasons for taking this step; and why a similar course was not adopted in regard to the arms of the North Irish Horse, which are also Government property?
§ Mr. McKENNA
The rifles referred to were removed on the suggestion of the adjutant of the Officers' Training Corps at Queen's University and Campbell College and by the order of the major-general in charge of administration in the Irish Command. The commanding officer of the North Irish Horse was communicated with as regards the security of the arms in the possession of his regiment, and he replied that he did not think any special precautions were necessary.
Mr. F. HALL
May I ask if it was necessary to send half a battalion to guard nothing at Newry, would it not have been necessary to send a whole brigade to guard the arms of the North Irish Horse?
Mr. F. HALL
I thought the right hon. Gentleman would have been in a better position to inform the House.