HC Deb 13 February 1922 vol 150 cc639-40W

asked the Chief Secretary to explain why, when rebels in Ireland convicted of offences against the forces of the Crown were released before the expiration of their sentences, the same clemency was not extended to servants of the Crown who were convicted by court-martial of looting or other offences in Ireland; whether it is the policy of the Government thus to favour those who served against rather than those who served on the side of the Government in the recent conflict in Ireland; and, if not, whether he can say that all ex-servants of the Crown undergoing imprisonment for offences committed, or alleged to have been committed, in Ireland will be released forthwith?


The cases of all ex-servants of the Crown convicted during the past two years in Ireland are at present being passed under review, and I can assure the hon. Member that they will be sympathetically considered.