§ Major HAYWARD
asked the Chief Secretary for Ireland whether a circular, marked private and confidential, inviting recruits for Class B of the new Irish special constabulary, has been sent to members and ex-members of the officers' training corps at Queen's University; whether these gentlemen were informed in the circular that, upon joining, they were required to report to their senior officers anything they might get to know in private life or social intercourse which they considered likely to be detrimental to the interests of the State; and whether it is his intention to require a body of citizens to act as spies in this manner?
§ Mr. BRIANT
asked the Chief Secretary for Ireland whether Class B of the new Irish special constabulary, to consist of well-disposed persons, are only to undertake duty one evening a week and are to be in receipt of various allowances, but no pay; and whether these special constables are to serve under their own officers who, in turn, are to be under the police authority for the area?
§ Sir H. GREENWOOD
The answer to the first and second parts of the question is in the affirmative. The members of this class will be organised under their own officers, but in the execution of duty will act under the direction and control of the police authority of the area in which they may be serving.