asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he is now in a position to make any further statement as to the murders of Lieutenant Genochio, Royal Engineers, Lieutenant Meade, Royal Army Service Corps, and Quartermaster-Sergeant Cunliffe; whether, in the latter case, these soldiers were armed; whether there is any news of the murderers; and whether the Irish Provisional Government have made any further communication with respect to these atrocities?
I regret that I am not yet in a position to make any further statement with regard to the case of Lieutenant Genochio except that the Provisional Government now suggest that case should be investigated by a Commission consisting of a British officer and a person nominated by them. Two persons have been arrested by the authority of the Provisional Government on suspicion in connection with the murders of Lieutenant Meade and Quartermaster-Sergeant Cunliffe, and further investigation as to their guilt will be proceeded with according to law. In regard to the remainder of the question, I would refer the Noble Lord to the reply I gave him on Tuesday of last week.
Will the right hon. Gentleman accede to the request of the Provisional Government to set up a Commission upon the death of Lieutenant Genochio? Is he aware that the Cork coroner's jury refused to attend at the barracks to hold an inquest on Lieutenant Genochio, and the inquest had to be held by the military instead?
Will this proposed Commission have power to compel the attendance of witnesses and to administer the oath? Will it be a legal body? What legal foundation will it have?
Will the people arrested for the murders of Lieutenant Meade and Quartermaster-Sergeant Cunliffe be proceeded against according to law? What tribunal has power to try them?
For common criminals in Ireland the existing tribunals are working, and magistrates are to a large extent sitting. There are a number of persons in various prisons in Ireland arrested for various forms of crime, and they will be proceeded with according to law.