Peers.

Oral Answers to Questions — Ireland. – in the House of Commons on 27th February 1922.

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Photo of Major Frederick Kelley Major Frederick Kelley , Rotherham

39.

asked the Prime Minister whether the roll of Irish peers is to be closed when the Treaty with Ireland comes into force, or whether the Crown will thereafter be able to create Irish peers; and whether, pending the reform of the Second Chamber, any alteration will be made in the status of Irish peers in the Imperial Parliament?

Photo of Mr Winston Churchill Mr Winston Churchill , Dundee

The position of the Irish peerage can only be altered by legislation. Legislative sanction will be sought in due course to deal with this matter in the light of the changes that will follow the final establishment of the Irish Free State. It is not, however, possible at this stage to indicate the nature of the changes which will be necessary.