§ Mr. FETHERSTONHAUGH
asked the Chief Secretary for Ireland whether his attention has been directed to the complaints of the rank and file of the Royal Irish Constabulary that their rates of pay have become insufficient, having regard to the rapid increase in the cost of living; has he considered that the effect of the Act of 1908, though beneficial to the584W
officers, has only resulted in an increase of 1s. a week in the pay of only those constables who have over seven years' service, while head constables and all men under seven years' service get no increase at all; and does he propose to give any increase beyond the increase of 1s. on rates of pay fixed twenty-five years earlier?
§ Mr. BIRRELL
I would refer the hon. Member to my reply to a question on this subject asked by the hon. Member for Mid-Armagh on 27th November last.