HC Deb 17 May 1916 vol 82 cc1504-5
74. Mr. LOUGH

asked the Under-Secretary of State for War whether he can give any information as to the fate or the present whereabouts of Mr. Octavius Hardy, of 17, Belgrave Road, Rathmines, Dublin, and his nephew, Mr. Joseph Vincent Hardy, of Mount Prospect, Ballinasloe, landowner, both being well-known Unionists and Protestants, who were arrested on Easter Tuesday, at 17, Belgrave Road, because some old fowling pieces were found on their house being searched, and who have not since been heard of by their relations: whether the authorities have since returned the old guns to 17, Belgrave Road as being of no use; and whether, nevertheless, the Messrs. Hardy are still kept in prison or have been subjected to some graver fate by the military executive?


Would the hon. Gentleman postpone the question, as I have not been able to get the information for which he asks?


In view generally of the anxiety of the friends, will the right hon. Gentleman answer as soon as possible—to-morrow?


No, I do not think I shall be able to answer the question to-morrow. I should like very much to be able to do so. Perhaps the hon. Gentleman will put the question down and take his chance. I may be able to get the information, but the hon. Gentleman will not be disappointed if I cannot.