HC Deb 31 May 1916 vol 82 cc2687-8

The following question stood on the Paper in the name of Mr. P. J. MEEHAN:

50. To ask the Prime Minister how many persons were arrested in Queen's County in connection with the recent trouble in Ireland; if Queen's County remained absolutely peaceful during the period; and whether, under the circumstances, the continued enforcement of martial law in the district is justifiable or necessary?


I have been asked to postpone this question. In doing so I should like to know when the right hon. Gentleman will be in a position to reply?


It is impossible for me to fix a date when the information may reach me. As soon as it does I will communicate with the hon. Member, even though the House is not sitting.


Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the population of the county is about 70,000, and that only one man has been arrested, and is it fair that a peaceful people should remain under martial law for the action of one man?