Liaison Commissions.

Oral Answers to Questions — Ireland. – in the House of Commons on 23rd March 1922.

Alert me about debates like this

Photo of Sir John Pennefather Sir John Pennefather , Liverpool Kirkdale

24.

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?

Photo of Mr Hamar Greenwood Mr Hamar Greenwood , Sunderland

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.

Photo of Sir John Marriott Sir John Marriott , Oxford

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?

Photo of Commander Hon. Joseph Kenworthy Commander Hon. Joseph Kenworthy , Kingston upon Hull Central

Are there no British officers on this frontier who can be relied on to give impartial accounts in view of the conflict of the evidence?

Photo of Mr Hamar Greenwood Mr Hamar Greenwood , Sunderland

That is exactly what has been done. British officers were sent to the border and this question deals with them.

Photo of Commander Hon. Joseph Kenworthy Commander Hon. Joseph Kenworthy , Kingston upon Hull Central

Have any reports come in from them, and cannot they be given to the House?

Photo of Sir John Marriott Sir John Marriott , Oxford

The right hon. Gentleman has ignored my question.

Photo of Mr Hamar Greenwood Mr Hamar Greenwood , Sunderland

I certainly have not done so intentionally. The hon. Gentleman has asked me a question involving matters of fact and of opinion, and I must ask for notice of that.

Mr. J. JONES:

Will the right hon. Gentleman consider the advisability of granting an amnesty to political prisoners in England—Irishmen and Irishwomen?

Photo of Mr John Whitley Mr John Whitley , Halifax

That does not arise here.