HC Deb 17 July 1916 vol 84 cc677-8W
Commander BELLAIRS

asked the Prime Minister whether the Defence of the Realm Act is sufficient to cover the Government and the naval and military forces for all acts committed under martial law in Ireland, or whether it will be necessary to bring in an Indemnity Bill to indemnify those who by necessary military acts saved the country from civil war?


The Prime Minister has asked me to reply to this question. It is understood that the naval and military authorities in Ireland have taken action in accordance with the Defence of the Realm Acts and the Regulations there under, and the question of introducing an Indemnity Bill has not yet received consideration. If such a Bill should be required for the protection of the naval and military forces against actions or prosecutions in respect of acts necessarily done in the service of the country, it will undoubtedly be introduced.