HC Deb 10 April 1922 vol 153 cc196-7

I beg to move, That an humble Address be presented to His Majesty praying that the Royal Irish Constabulary Pensions Order, 1922, laid before Parliament on the 27th day of March, 1922, in pursuance of Section 4 (3) of the Constabulary and Police (Ireland) Act, 1919, may be annulled. The object of this Motion is to call attention to a serious omission in the Royal Irish Constabulary Pension Order, 1922. This Order fails to make provision for pensions for the widows of officers of the Royal Irish Constabulary who died or retired between 1st September, 1918, and 28th August, 1921, and for allowances and gratuities to the dependents of such officers. I am given to understand that the Chief Secretary may be able to give me a satisfactory assurance on these matters; and therefore, without further preface, I beg to move the Motion standing in my name.

The CHIEF SECRETARY for IRELAND (Sir Hamar Greenwood)

The Pension Order was made under Section 4 (3) of the Constabulary and Police (Ireland) Act, 1919. If we have the power under the Act, and I myself submit that we have the power under the Act, to make an amending Order, I can assure the hon. and learned Member for York that the suggestions he has put forward will be met. Certain consequential Amendments will be necessary in the amending Order, and I shall see that they are made, and that such amending Order will be laid on the Table of the House.


In view of the very satisfactory statement made by the right hon. Gentleman, for which I thank him—and I hope that I may also be allowed to thank him on behalf of the gallant men of the Royal Irish Constabulary—I ask leave to withdraw.

Motion, by leave, withdrawn.

The remaining Orders were read, and postponed.