§ 16. Major NEWMAN
asked the Chief Secretary for Ireland whether the recent increases in pay and bonus to meet the increased cost of living which have, since the commencement of the War, been granted to members of the police force in the Metropolis and country districts of Great Britain have been extended to the Royal Irish Constabulary; and, if so, will he say how the pay of a member of the Royal Irish Constabulary compares with that of a member of a police force in an average English or Scottish county?
§ Mr. DUKE
Perhaps my hon. Friend will put that question down. The statutory pay of the Royal Irish Constabulary was increased shortly after the outbreak of war, and a war bonus at the rate of 3s. 6d. a week for head and other constables of the force was granted as from 1st July last. Representations for a further increase of pay for this force and for the Dublin Metropolitan Police are at present under consideration by the Irish Government and the Treasury. The general comparison suggested in the last part of the hon. Member's question cannot usefully be made within the limits of a Parliamentary reply, as factors other than pay (such as allowances, housing accommodation, and general conditions of service) have to be taken into consideration, and they are not uniform.
§ Sir E. CARSON
Might I ask the right hon. Gentleman if the inquiry now going on will include the pay of district inspectors?
§ Mr. DUKE
The proposals which have been submitted to the Treasury cannot be published, as they have not yet been sanctioned. The date from which it is proposed that the new conditions shall take effect is subject to the same restriction. I expect to be able without long delay to make a further answer.