HC Deb 04 May 1916 vol 82 c125
45 and 46. Mr. BROOKES

asked the Prime Minister (1) whether he now proposes to suppress the Sinn Fein movement, not merely in Dublin, but everywhere if necessary, by the force of arms; whether he intends to adopt a wholesale policy of disarmament of all Sinn Fein volunteers; and (2) how he proposes that justice shall be meted out to the rebels taken in arms; whether they will be tried by court-martial or by a civil tribunal appointed for the purpose; and whether such a judicial body will have plenary powers without the right of appeal?


It is not desirable to say more at the moment than that all appropriate measures have been taken, and are being taken, to deal with the rebellion and those responsible for it.


asked the Prime Minister when he expects to be able to make a detailed statement as to the nature and scope of any official inquiry into the causes of the revolt in Ireland; whether the composition of the investigating body will be purely judicial; and whether it will be possible to discuss in the House of Commons both the reference and the official selection of members?


I will next week make a further statement on the inquiry.