HC Deb 21 January 1924 vol 169 cc575-6W

asked the Home Secretary whether he has received a memorial signed by a large number of Members of Parliament and publicists asking that Mr. Art O'Brien and other Irish prisoners shall be treated as political offenders and the severity of prison regulations be relaxed in certain directions; and whether, in view of this memorial and the fact that the offences of these prisoners were political in character, he is prepared to grant the concessions asked for?


The answer to the first part of this question is in the affirmative, and to the second in the negative. O'Brien and the other prisoners convicted with him were sentenced by the Central Criminal Court to imprisonment in the second division, and they are being treated in accordance with the statutory rules applicable to this class of prisoner.