HC Deb 03 November 1919 vol 120 cc1129-30

Mr. SPEAKER informed the House that he had received the following letter relating to the imprisonment of a Member:

"General Headquarters, Ireland,

Parkgate, Dublin.

1st November, 1919.


I have the honour to report that Mr. Ernest Blythe. M.P. for North Monaghan, who was arrested on 12th September. 1919, under a direction issued by the General Officer Commanding Southern District, Ireland, has been tried by district court-martial in Dublin, and sentenced to imprisonment without hard labour for one year, for the following offence against Regulation 27 of the Defence of the Regulations:

Having in his possession, without lawful authority or excuse a document containing statements the publication of which would be likely to prejudice the discipline of the Royal Irish Constabulary.

The sentence has been duly confirmed, and the accused committed to prison.

I have the honour to be. Sir,

Your obedient servant,


Lieutenant-General, Commanding-in-Chief, Ireland.

To the flight Honourable The Speaker,

House of Commons,

London, S.W. 1."