§ Lieut.-Colonel ARCHER-SHEE
asked the Chief Secretary whether officers of the late Auxiliary Division of the Royal Irish Constabulary, who joined the Royal Irish Special Constabulary, now serving in Ulster, are having the gratuity which was given them at the termination of their service in the Royal Irish Constabulary deducted from their pay at the rate of £7 per week, notwithstanding that their pay is only £7 19s. per week; and why these officers are being made to refund their gratuity because they have taken service in Ulster?
§ Sir H. GREENWOOD
Members of the Auxiliary Division who on demobilisation joined the Special Constabulary are to receive full Auxiliary Division pay in 255W addition to Special Constabulary pay and allowances up to 31st March. Those whose contracts with the Royal Irish Constabulary extend beyond that date are to receive half pay at Auxiliary Division rates in addition to Special Constabulary pay and allowances for the remaining period covered by their contracts. I understand that deductions made by the Government of Northern Ireland from the Special Constabulary pay of these ex-cadets are now being refunded.