HC Deb 13 July 1922 vol 156 cc1429-30
8. Lieut.-Colonel ARCHER-SHEE

asked the Chief Secretary if he is aware that the conditions laid down in Section 8 of the Revised Terms of Disbandment of the Royal Irish Constabulary are not being carried out; that constant applications to the tribunal for dealing with individual cases of hardship produce no result: that the disturbance pay as laid down in Sub-section (a) is not awarded: and that great hardship is being caused by this neglect to carry out the terms of disbandment; and what steps he proposes to take to remedy this state of affairs?

The CHIEF SECRETARY for IRELAND (Sir Hamar Greenwood)

I am satisfied that the conditions laid down in the Revised Terms of Disbandment are being carried out; but if the hon. and gallant Member will let me have particulars of any case in which the contrary is alleged I will have inquiry made. The tribunal is sitting three or four days a week and is dealing with the cases as quickly as possible. Very few applications have been received under Sub-section (a), but there have been a considerable number of applications under Sub-heads (b) and (c) and in a large proportion of all these cases grants have been recommended. The last two parts of the question do not arise.

Lieut.-Colonel ARCHER-SHEE

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that even when claims have been allowed after long delay they are sent over to Ireland to be paid, which occasions further delay, causing great hardship to these people?


I am not aware of any delay in any case, but, if there is, I can assure my hon. and gallant Friend that I will see that it is dealt with immediately.