HC Deb 15 May 1916 vol 82 cc1126-7
81. Mr. BYRNE

asked the Under-Secretary of State for War whether he will state what action the Government propose to take in dealing with the deported prisoners from Ireland; and whether the Government will bear in mind the precedent established by General Botha as regards the clemency shown to the prisoners in the South African rising?


The Government hope soon to be in a position to state their decision respecting the action to be taken in dealing with the prisoners deported from Ireland. In the meantime I can assure the hon. Member that there is every desire to deal as leniently with these persons as the circumstances may permit.