HC Deb 08 May 1916 vol 82 c283
43. Colonel CRAIG

asked the Prime Minister whether he can state the number of Government officials arrested in connection with the rebellion in Ireland; and whether any and, if so, what steps have been taken to clear out members of the Sinn Fein Society from the Postal Service, Land Commission, and other Government Departments?


I am not yet in a position to reply to the first part of the hon. Member's question. As regards the second part, steps were initiated on the 1st instant to ascertain which of the Government officials were in any way implicated in the recent disturbances with a view to action being taken with regard to them.

Colonel CRAIG

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that there may be a great number of officials throughout Ireland who are members of this society, but who have not taken an actual part in the rebellion; and will steps also be taken to clear them out of the Government service?


The inquiry will extend to everybody.