Unofficial Negotiations.

Oral Answers to Questions — Ireland. – in the House of Commons on 20th April 1921.

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Photo of Mr Stanley Holmes Mr Stanley Holmes , Derbyshire North Eastern


asked the Prime Minister whether, having regard to the effective action taken by the unofficial Members of the House in averting the national crisis last week, the Government will give a safe conduct to London to an accredited Sinn Fein representative so that, after a statement of his views, he may be questioned by the unofficial Members in an endeavour to find a solution of the Irish problem?


I would point out to my hon. Friend that there are many representatives of Sinn Fein duly elected to this House who are free to come to Westminster for any purpose at any time. The question of safe conduct does not therefore appear to arise.

Photo of Mr Charles Stanton Mr Charles Stanton , Merthyr Tydfil Aberdare

They are here—Ken-worthy. [HON. MEMBERS: "Order!"]

Photo of Mr Stanley Holmes Mr Stanley Holmes , Derbyshire North Eastern

May I ask the Lord Privy Seal whether he realises that it was not the miners' Representatives in Parliament, but an invitation to an outside representative of the miners which brought about the success of last week? In view of his answer to-day does the Government disapprove of the meeting called last week? [HON. MEMBERS: "No!"] I am asking the Government.

Photo of Mr James Lowther Mr James Lowther , Penrith and Cockermouth

That hardly arises out of the question. That is a matter of opinion.