HC Deb 03 March 1921 vol 138 cc2024-5W
Captain CRAIG

asked the Chief Secretary whether Constable Fleming, Royal Irish Constabulary, was killed in a motor lorry accident in which the lorry, filled with Royal Irish constables on active service, ran into a gate in the dark; whether the accident was in consequence of an order that no lights were to be carried and that the speed at which the lorry was driven was much in excess of what was safe without lights; whether the conditions existing at the moment of the constable's death were those of active service; whether the constable lost his life owing to circumstances arising out of the state of rebellion existing in Ireland to the same extent as though he had been killed by being shot; and whether therefore the widow of the constable can be granted the pension payable to a Royal Irish constable killed as the result of enemy action?


Mrs. Fleming has already been awarded the full statutory pension payable in cases where a constable (whether murdered or not) loses his life from the effect of an injury received in the execution of his duty.