HC Deb 17 August 1916 vol 85 c2049

asked the Secretary for Scotland if he will state how many Irish migrants have been arrested in and around Glasgow, including Mossend and Motherwell, since 1st August by the police with a view to proceedings against them under the Military Service Act; on whose instructions the police acted in these cases; what was the procedure followed; what were the charges made; and whether he has issued instructions to the police authorities that proceedings of the kind are not in future to be taken unless it is clear that the persons concerned are ordinarily resident in Great Britain and are not here for a special purpose such as is provided for under the Act?

The SECRETARY for SCOTLAND (Mr. Term ant)

I cannot give the numbers asked for by my hon. Friend, inasmuch as the whole matter in dispute is whether the persons in question are or are not migrants from Ireland. The police would naturally act in conjunction with the military authorities, under the general instructions issued by the Departments concerned. I am communicating with the police on the lines which I indicated on Monday.