§ Colonel ASHLEY
asked the Chief Secretary for Ireland whether he will introduce legislation to secure that constables and others in receipt of a pension for pre-War service in the Royal Irish Constabulary, who have served in the military forces during the War, can be reassessed for the new rates of the Royal Irish Constabulary pension on their pre-War service in the same way as old soldiers are re-assessed on the new rates?
§ Mr. HENRY
The new pension terms recently granted to members of the Royal Irish Constabulary by statutory order under the Constabulary and Police (Ireland) Act, 1919, do not apply, and cannot be made applicable to persons who retired from the force before 1st April, 1919. But pre-War pensioners of the force, including those superannuated since the beginning of the War on the pre-War scale, will be eligible for increases of pension on the same lines, and subject to the same conditions as other pre-War State pensioners.