HC Deb 15 May 1916 vol 82 c1127

(by Private Notice) asked the Under-Secretary of State for War whether it was with the knowledge of the Prime Minister and of the Government that the policy of exasperating the Irish in this country was begun by the military raid last Friday—at the time of the Prime Minister's arrival in Dublin on a mission of peace—on the Gaelic League in London, a literary and non-political society appealing to all Irish people without distinction, and, having regard to the far-reaching consequences of such a policy, whether the military authorities will suspend the extension of it to all Irish societies and Irish residents in Great Britain until the Prime Minister and the Government have had an opportunity of reconsidering the matter?


As the hon. Gentleman only sent this message to me as I came into the House, it is obviously impossible for me to give any kind of reply at the present moment. I think he would do well if he waited until the Prime Minister returns.


Can the right hon. Gentleman give any assurance that the military will be restrained in this work until the Prime Minister returns?