HC Deb 08 July 1920 vol 131 cc1633-4
Mr. ASQUITH (by Private Notice)

asked the Prime Minister whether, in view of the present disturbed state of Ireland, he can state what steps the Government are taking or propose to take to prevent any demonstration calculated to lead to grave disorder on the forthcoming 12th July?


The Irish Government are fully alive to the importance of this matter. All possible precautions are being taken, and I have reason to believe that well-disposed citizens on both sides can be relied upon to co-operate with the authorities in preventing any untoward incident. As regards Londonderry, in accordance with the unanimous recommendation of the Citizens' Conciliation Committee, composed of representative citizens of all parties and creeds formed after the recent outbreak, all demonstrations are being prohibited in the city and immediate neighbourhood during the months of July and August.

Lieut.-Commander KENWORTHY

May I ask if the Government will take steps to take possession of the rifles in North-East Ireland, of which they have full information?