asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies what steps are being taken to carry out the agreement, stated by Mr. Churchill to have been made with the Irish Provisional Government, that compensation should be paid for English farm fires in 1921 attributed to Sinn Fein activities?
§ Mr. ORMSBY-GORE
I am not aware that Mr. Churchill made any such statement as that attributed to him by the hon. Member. He did state, what is the case, that it, was agreed between the British Government and the Provisional Government that, in assessing the liability of the British Government. to refund to the Provisional Government a proportion of the sum expended by the Provisional Government in respect of the payment of the awards of the Compensation (Ireland) Commission, the damage done by the adherents of Sinn Fein in Great. Britain should be taken into account, and this agreement has been carried into effect in the manner stated at the top of page 5 in the Paper on the subject of compensation which was presented to Parliament on the 9th instant.