§ Mr. BYRNE
asked the Chief Secretary for Ireland whether he is aware that the approximate average pension of men who retired from the Royal Irish Constabulary between August, 1866, and 1916, is £44 per annum, and, taking into consideration the prices for the necessaries of life and the purchasable power of this pension is approximately £20; will he say what steps he now intends to take to relieve these ex-public servants; if he is aware that a sum of £185,000 of an overplus will revert to the Treasury; and, as this amount is purely money subscribed in Ireland, will he consider the advisability of granting a bonus to the pensioners concerned?
§ Mr. DUKE
The approximate average pensions of the Royal Irish Constabulary are: Ex-Head Constables, £71; ex-sergeants, £53; ex-acting sergeants and constables, £41. I am advised that the forecast of a surplus £185,000 is unfounded. As to the rest of the question, I would refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave on 24th October to a question by the hon. Member for the College Green Division.