HC Deb 08 October 1942 vol 383 cc1346-7
29. Professor Savory

asked the Home Secretary whether the cost of the indemnity payable to the widows and children of the two constables who were fired on and mortally wounded by armed raiders at Clady, County Tyrone, will fall upon Northern Ireland or be defrayed by the British Government?

Mr. H. Morrison

Under the statutory provisions relating to cases where members of the Royal Ulster Constabulary are killed or injured the pensions and allowances which may be granted are payable from Northern Ireland Funds.

Professor Savory

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the widow of one of the constables has, under Irish law, brought an action against the innocent county of Tyrone claiming £5,000 indemnity, whereas it is well known that the assassins came from over the border and after having committed their foul deed returned over the border to Eire? Is it fair that this burden should fall upon Northern Ireland?

Mr. Morrison

I think that all I can say is that I have answered the Question which was on the Paper.