§ Mr. J. DAVISON
asked the Chief Secretary for Ireland whether the Irish Prison Officers' Representative Council is an officially recognised association; if so, why the claims put forward by that Council on behalf of the prisons service are allowed to remain for months without being replied to; will he see in future that such claims as are reasonable when submitted by the Council will be met with prompt consideration and early decisions given; and whether he is aware that Irish prisons officers generally are shaken in their opinion of the authorities in consequence of delays and broken promises in redressing their grievances?
§ Sir H. GREENWOOD
The Irish Prison Officers' Representative Council is an officially recognised body, and its representations are always carefully and sympathetically considered. The complaint now made is apparently in regard to the promulgation of the terms of assimilation of the Irish to the English prison service a matter requiring full investigation from the point of view of finance and administration. I am happy to say, however, that the terms have now been settled with the Treasury and promulgated to the prison officers.