HC Deb 30 July 1918 vol 109 c247W

asked the Chief Secretary for Ireland what instructions have been given to the police of Ireland regarding bands parading; whether advice has been tendered to the police that, provided they have force enough, they are to break up the bands and the instruments on the spot and handle the people roughly; is this in the interests of peace and order in Ireland; and whether a circular to that effect has been issued by the Inspector-General to the Constabulary, dated 16th March of this year?


The Instructions referred to in the Circular of 16th March, 1918, have only reference to bands taking part in unlawful assemblies. No such Instructions as suggested in the second part of the question have been given—the rest of the question does not, therefore, arise.