Royal Irish Constabulary.

Oral Answers to Questions — Ireland. – in the House of Commons on 30th March 1922.

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Photo of Sir John Butcher Sir John Butcher , City of York

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asked the Chief Secretary what provision was made in

Pensions awarded to Widows and Children.
Rank.Normal Pension.Special Pension awarded.Normal Children's Allowance.Special allowance awarded for children.
££
1 District Inspector301004 at £104 at £25
1 Head Constable15504 at £2 10s.5 at £6 5s.
1 Sergeant15501 at £2 10s.1 at £6 5s.
1 Sergeant15502 at £2 10s.2 at £6 5s.
pensions awarded to men injured.
Rank.Normal Pension.Special Pension awarded.
1 Constable£25£50
1 Constable£35£50
1 Constable£268s.£50
1 Sergeant£6112s.4d.£72

In addition, amounts ranging from £15 to £50 were paid to the dependants of seven unmarried men killed, and they were also granted sums of from £10to £50 from a specially raised—the Irish police and Constabulary Recognition Fund. From this special fund amounts of war stock varying from £170 to £200 were granted to the widows of the killed, and a killed, and a grant of £140 was made

the case of men of the Royal Irish Constabulary who were killed and wounded in the Irish rebellion of 1918: what gratuities and pensions were paid to them and to their dependants; whether he will state what were the normal pensions to which they were entitled under Statute and what were the special pensions awarded; and whether the pensions so awarded are liable to be increased under the Pensions Increase Act, 1920?

Photo of Sir Harry Barnston Sir Harry Barnston , Eddisbury

With my hon. and learned Friend's permission, the Chief Secretary will circulate in the OFFICIAL REPORT the reply to this question, which is rather lengthy, and contains a number of figures.

The following is the statement referred to:

The pensions and allowances awarded in the cases of members of the Royal Irish Constabulary killed and wounded in the rebellion of 1916, as compared with the normal pensions to which they were entitled, are as follows:

to each of the injured men. Under the Pensions Increase Act the men pensioned have received increases of approximately £10 per annum.

Photo of Lieut-Colonel Martin Archer-Shee Lieut-Colonel Martin Archer-Shee , Finsbury

11.

asked the Chief Secretary what is the amount now standing to the credit of the Royal Irish Constabulary Force Fund; and how it is proposed to deal with this fund, in view of the demobilisation of the Royal Irish Constabulary?

Photo of Sir Harry Barnston Sir Harry Barnston , Eddisbury

As regards the assets of the Constabulary Force Fund, my right hon. Friend refers the hon. and gallant Member to the reply which he gave to the hon. and learned Member for York (Sir J. Butcher) on the 7th March. The bulk of the persons whose dependants may be entitled to benefit from the benefits branch of this fund are pensioners already, and the disbandment of the force does not affect the purpose of this branch of the fund, which is to benefit dependants on the death of subscribers. No new subscribers have been admitted since 1883, and it is proposed to let the fund continue until there are no longer any subscribers left so that the widows and orphans of deceased members of the Royal Irish Constabulary who were subscribers to that fund should be able to benefit.

Photo of Lieut-Colonel Martin Archer-Shee Lieut-Colonel Martin Archer-Shee , Finsbury

Will my hon. Friend represent to the Chief Secretary that there are a number of survivors of the men who subscribed up to 1883; that they are now being demobilised with something like 40 years' service and that they are asking for a portion of this money to enable them to leave the country, from which they are being hounded, at the present time?

Photo of Sir Harry Barnston Sir Harry Barnston , Eddisbury

I certainly will do so.