asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether the impartial Liaison Commissions, including British officers, proposed by him on 14th February last, which received the prompt and unqualified acceptance of the Northern Government, and with which Mr. Collins fully agreed, have been set up, and have operated satisfactorily on both sides of the boundary between Northern and Southern Ireland; and, if not, will he state the reasons?
The answer to the first part of the question is in the affirmative. With regard to the second and third parts, I regret to state that, owing to the intense bitterness of feeling which still prevails on the Border, the results which have attended the labours of these Commissions have not yet been satisfactory. I am at present in communication with the Provisional and Northern Governments on the subject.
Can my right hon. Friend inform the House whether it is the case that those on the Northern side of the boundary are showing exemplary patience and self-restraint in the face of almost continuous provocation from the other side?