asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether the assurances given by His Majesty's Government as to guaranteeing the pensions and compensation of the officials, members of police forces, and other public servants in Ireland, who are discharged or retire in consequence of the change of Government effected by the Treaty, extends to the pensions and compensation for officials employed in services which were reserved by the Government of Ireland Act, 1920; whether the negotiations between His Majesty's Government and the representatives of the Irish Free State, as to the terms on which the persons mentioned in Clause 10 of the Treaty may retire or be discharged, are now concluded; and what those terms are?
The reply to the first part of the question is in the affirmative. In reply to the second and third parts, I would refer the hon. and learned Member to the answer which I gave to a question addressed to me yesterday by the hon. Member for Pontypool.