§ Mr. FETHERSTONHAUGH
asked the Chief Secretary whether he is aware that unfriendly relations have for some time past existed between the Protestant inhabitants of Brookeborough and Maguiresbridge districts of county Fermanagh and two police officers; and whether be will suggest to the Inspector-General that the district inspector should be promoted to some district in the South or West of Ireland where his abilities would be more appreciated, and that the sergeant, against whom a decree for assault on a respectable Protestant farmer was recently granted by the County Court Judge and confirmed by 1032W Lord Chief Baron Palles, might also be promoted out of county Fermanagh?
§ Mr. BIRRELL
I am not aware that the police officers in question are disliked by any of the inhabitants of their districts, nor, if they were, would that in itself be a sufficient reason for transferring them to other districts. The hon. and learned Member is no doubt aware that the Lord Chief Baron held that the assault referred to in the last paragraph of the question was a technical one.