HC Deb 11 May 1922 vol 153 cc2357-8
53. Lieut.-Colonel ARCHER-SHEE

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether his attention has been drawn to the fact that a number of temporary members of the Royal Irish Constabulary, recently disbanded, are in a destitute condition, as well as many ex-members of the auxiliary division, Royal Irish Constabulary; and whether, in view of the fact that owing to their not coming under the unemployment insurance scheme they are not eligible for unemployment benefit, he will endeavour to get Treasury sanction, by means of legislation or otherwise, to give a weekly grant to these men of a sum not less than they would have received if they had been insured in the unemployment scheme, more especially in view of the fact that, in addition to performing arduous and dangerous duties, they were thrown out of work unexpectedly owing to a change of policy on the part of His Majesty's Government?


I regret that His Majesty's Government would not feel justified in present circumstances in extending to persons not otherwise eligible therefor the benefits of unemployment insurance.

Viscount CURZON

Is this the way in which the Government acknowledge their obligations of honour?