§ 19. Mr. NEWMAN
asked whether, in view of the discontent and unrest in all ranks of the Royal Irish Constabulary and of the fact that the Commission that has been appointed to inquire into the causes of grievance cannot report until after the Estimates for the current year have been presented, he will himself take the responsibility of recommending to the Treasury the grant of a sum sufficient to provide an immediate increase in pay for all ranks of at least 15 per cent.?
§ Mr. NEWMAN
Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that since 1880 only 1s. has been added to the pay of the constables?
§ Mr. BIRRELL
The hon. Member knows there is an inquiry going on and he asks me if I am prepared at present to ask the Treasury to make a particular grant, and my answer is no.