HC Deb 22 March 1922 vol 152 cc449-50
40. Colonel Sir C. YATE

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether the order issued by him for the release of the prisoners convicted of shooting, arson, and other offences committed in Great Britain, and who were sentenced and confined in Great Britain, on the plea that these offences were committed from Irish political motives, were issued on his own individual initiative?


I would refer the hon. and gallant Member to the reply which I gave to a supplementary question addressed to me on the 13th February last by the hon. Member for Eastbourne (Mr. Gwynne), in which I made it clear that the advice tendered to His Majesty on the occasion referred to was tendered as the result of a Cabinet decision.


What have offences committed in England to do with rebellion in Ireland?


We went into all that, and I pointed out that the Irish Government accept responsibility for the damage done in England, which will be included in the bill which is due from them.

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