§ Mr. DEVLIN
asked the Secretary of State for War what is the present cost of maintaining the Army in Ireland; and what is the cost of keeping in that country the auxiliary and the various other armed forces of the Crown?
§ Sir A. WILLIAMSON
The estimated monthly rate of expenditure on the troops in Ireland is now approximately £1,200,000, and on the Royal Air Force £37,000. As explained on the 26th October in answrer to a similar question put by the hon. Member for Rothwell (Mr. Lunn), practically all the military forces in Ireland are part of the regular standing Army of the United Kingdom, and the cost of keeping them in Ireland is in most respects no greater than that 2127W of keeping them elsewhere. For expenditure on the Royal Irish Constabulary I must refer the hon. Member to my right hon. Friend the Chief Secretary for Ireland.