§ Mr. HEALY
asked the Postmaster-General if he can give the reason why his Department has not yet paid Mr. 231W Gallagher, late postmaster of Omagh, for the time he was interned by the Northern Government without charge, and the regulation under which such an order was made; is he aware that the police authorities at Omagh could prefer no charge against Mr. Gallagher; and if he will, in the circumstances, now consider payment of Mr. Gallagher's salary for the period of his detention?
§ Mr. HARTSHORN
It was open to all Post Office servants interned by the Northern Ireland Government to appeal to have their cases heard before the Advisory Committee set up to deal with such cases. Mr. Gallagher was one of a number of Post Office servants who did not take the necessary steps, though they were specially instructed to do so, and warned that failure to comply with the instruction would probably entail loss of pay. In view of these facts, no pay has been allowed to any of the officers concerned for the period of internment, and I see no reason for treating Mr. Gallagher exceptionally.