Prisoners' Belease, Great Britain.

Oral Answers to Questions — Ireland. – in the House of Commons on 22nd March 1922.

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Photo of Colonel Charles Yate Colonel Charles Yate , Melton

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asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether the order issued by him for the release of the prisoners convicted of shooting, arson, and other offences committed in Great Britain, and who were sentenced and confined in Great Britain, on the plea that these offences were committed from Irish political motives, were issued on his own individual initiative?

Photo of Mr Winston Churchill Mr Winston Churchill , Dundee

I would refer the hon. and gallant Member to the reply which I gave to a supplementary question addressed to me on the 13th February last by the hon. Member for Eastbourne (Mr. Gwynne), in which I made it clear that the advice tendered to His Majesty on the occasion referred to was tendered as the result of a Cabinet decision.

Photo of Colonel Charles Yate Colonel Charles Yate , Melton

What have offences committed in England to do with rebellion in Ireland?

Photo of Mr Winston Churchill Mr Winston Churchill , Dundee

We went into all that, and I pointed out that the Irish Government accept responsibility for the damage done in England, which will be included in the bill which is due from them.