§ Mr. Alexander
The total number of Eire citizens employed by the Service Departments in Northern Ireland is now 101. Of these, 30 men and one woman have served in the Forces; 28 during wartime. Three men are disabled as a result of war service.
§ Mr. Alexander
I will bring the hon. Member's suggestion to the Service Minister dealing with the question.
§ Sir Ronald Ross
Did any of these 31 serve in the present war, and, as regards the 7o who are neutrals and innocent of any combatant service in either war, is the right hon. Gentleman still going to give them priority in employment over ex-Servicemen who volunteered from the United Kingdom?
§ Mr. R. S. Hudson
Will the right hon. Gentleman bring it to the notice of the Minister of Supply who gave an answer directly contradicting it the other day?
§ Mr. Skeffington-Lodge
Is the Minister aware that the number of those from the South of Ireland who have actually served in the last war represents only a small proportion of those thousands who volunteered and contributed very much indeed to our common victory?
§ Mr. Teeling
Does the right hon. Gentleman mean by his reply that the rule of 3 per cent. of ex-Service disabled men does not apply in Northern Ireland?
§ Mr. Mulvey
Is the Minister aware that hundreds of Southern Ireland residents engaged in Service Departments in Northern Ireland rendered signal service during the war years, and that at the conclusion of the war these people were denied residence permits and renewals of residence permits, while further employment was still available in Northern Ireland for them?