HC Deb 08 November 1916 vol 87 cc194-5

asked the Prime Minister whether Sir John Maxwell is about to relinquish the Irish Command; if so, whether Sir Bryan Mahon is to be appointed thereto; in such event will Sir John Maxwell continue to hold Cabinet rank; if not, will his successor in the Irish Command be given Cabinet rank; and will martial law be withdrawn on the change of Commanders-in-Chief?


Sir John Maxwell has been appointed to the Northern Command. He will be succeeded in the Irish Command by Sir Bryan Mahon. Sir John Maxwell had not Cabinet rank, but was sworn of the Privy Council in Ireland. No question has arisen as to whether the new Commander-in-Chief should be so sworn. The point of time at which martial law shall be withdrawn is under consideration.