§ 3. Mr. GINNELL
asked the Under-Secretary of State for War how long the military authorities in Ireland are empowered and accustomed, respectively, to keep civilians in custody without trial; and under what law civilians so treated are then transferred to and sentenced summarily by one paid magistrate, remote from the scene of the alleged offence and beyond the reach of witnesses?
§ The UNDER-SECRETARY of STATE for WAR (Mr. Tennant)
Whether in Ireland or in any other part of the United Kingdom, persons are only detained in custody for such time as is sufficient to make a full inquiry into the charges which have been brought against them. The answer to the last part of the question will be found in the Defence of the Realm Amendment Act, 1915, chapter 34, 5 George V.