asked the Prime Minister whether his attention has been called to the agreement arrived at between the Government of Great Britain and the Government of Northern Ireland with regard to the payment of awards for criminal or malicious injuries; and is he in a position to make any statement with regard to similar claims awarded but not yet paid to those resident in that part of Ireland which has been formed into a free state?
I would refer the hon. Member to previous replies to questions on this subject, in which I have said that I hope to make a full statement on this matter in connection with the Bill of Indemnity.
There is not the slightest truth in that statement, but arrangements have been made of a general character for the settling up of these matters in the case of the late un-pleasantnesses, which I shall be delighted to explain in full when the Indemnity Bill is introduced. It is very desirable that this Bill should be introduced at the earliest possible moment. I am daily submitting to the Leader of the House this view, and he has to consider it in relation to other business.