HC Deb 19 October 1916 vol 86 c711

asked the Chief Secretary for Ireland if he is now in a position to give full particulars of the number of recruits enlisted in Ireland since the commencement of the War and the number of men of military age remaining available for enlistment; and if he will give for each county in Ireland the number of men of military age at the outbreak of war, the number of recruits who have joined the forces, and the percentage of recruits to eligible men?


The particulars are being prepared. I shall be able to tell my hon. Friend next week what course the Government will take as to publishing them.


asked the Chief Secretary for Ireland whether he is aware that, according to the official figures for 1911, the latest year for which they are given in Thorn's Directory, the number of occupiers of agricultural holdings in Ireland is 535,675 and the number of males of all ages engaged in agriculture is 721,669; and whether he can say what number of such persons is between the ages of eighteen and forty-one?


The figure 535,675 mentioned in the hon. Member's question represents the number of agricultural holdings in Ireland according to the Census of 1911 and not the number of occupiers as stated. Of the 721,669 males at all ages returned in the General Report of the Census as belonging to the agricultural class, it is estimated that 327,350 were eighteen and under forty-one years of age at the date of the Census.