HC Deb 21 October 1920 vol 133 c1055

asked the Chief Secretary for Ireland how many persons in Ireland have been punished in connection with the 136 policemen and soldiers killed, the 226 wounded, and the 667 attacks on police barracks since 1st January last; in how many cases capital punishment has been inflicted; and in how many cases the punishment has exceeded two years' imprisonment both with and without hard labour.


Sixty-one persons have been convicted since 1st January last for complicity in attacks on military or police, or on police barracks. In 21 cases sentences of penal servivtude for periods exceeding two years have been inflicted, and there have been 20 cases of sentences of imprisonment with hard labour for periods of two years. In the remaining 20 cases sentences ranging from 18 months' to one month's imprisonment with or without hard labour, were imposed. There has been no case in which capital punishment has been inflicted. One man was tried yesterday for the murder of a soldier in Dublin and a number of other men are now in custody awaiting trial on the charge of murdering policemen or soldiers.


Can the right hon. Gentleman give us the number of unofficial punishments by way of reprisals, in addition to those he has given?