HC Deb 12 February 1914 vol 58 cc308-9
10. Mr. NEWMAN

asked the Chief Secretary whether the Commission recently appointed to inquire into grievances connected with the pay and promotion of members of the Royal Irish Constabulary has yet met; and whether it is intended to hear the evidence of certain selected sergeants and constables, or whether it will be left to members of the force to put forward their own witnesses to give evidence before the Commission?


The Committee have already held a preliminary meeting, and will sit for the purpose of receiving evidence on Tuesday, the 24th instant. At the request of the Committee, the Inspector-General has afforded the various ranks of the force the opportunity to select witnesses to give evidence, and this has been done.


Is it not a fact that the members of the force in Cork and Limerick refused to send witnesses to this Commission?


Of course, if they would not send witnesses to the Commission, I cannot help it.


May I ask whether an opportunity will be given to urge the desirability of giving one day's rest in seven, especially in view of the extra work likely to be thrown upon them?


That question hardly arises.