Arms and Ammunition.

Oral Answers to Questions — Ireland. – in the House of Commons on 20th February 1922.

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Photo of Sir John Butcher Sir John Butcher , City of York

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asked the Prime Minister whether the arms and ammunition taken from loyal subjects in Ireland during the past two years or thereabouts by order of His Majesty's Government will now be restored to them; and what steps they should take to get back the arms and ammunition so taken?

Photo of Mr Hamar Greenwood Mr Hamar Greenwood , Sunderland

This matter is under consideration, and I hope that it will shortly be possible to make an announcement in the Press.

Photo of Sir John Butcher Sir John Butcher , City of York

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that these arms were taken from loyal subjects by His Majesty's Government for the purpose of safe custody, and does he know that the failure to restore them is causing very great inconvenience to those from whom they were taken?

Photo of Sir William Davison Sir William Davison , Kensington South

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that a considerable number of the arms taken by the police have subsequently been stolen by the Sinn Feiners, and will these also be restored?

Photo of Mr Hamar Greenwood Mr Hamar Greenwood , Sunderland

This is a matter for the three Governments to consider. The Northern Government has already prohibited everybody having arms except under a licence.

Photo of Mr Henry Croft Mr Henry Croft , Bournemouth

Does the right hon. Gentleman not also include the Government of Mr. de Valera?

Photo of Mr Joseph Devlin Mr Joseph Devlin , Belfast Falls

What about Page Croft?