I beg to ask leave to move the Adjournment of the House for the purpose of discussing a definite matter of urgent public importance, namely, "the failure of the Government to provide adequate facilities for the protection and removal of disbanded members of the Royal Irish Constabulary and their families to England."
That is not the point. We have just been told that fresh instructions were given by the Secretary of State for the Colonies yesterday, and the Noble Lord should have brought forward a Motion to indicate some quite definite failure on the part of the Government. I could not accept the Motion he has put forward.
On a point of Order. Upon the question of whether this is a definite Motion, we have had a statement that steps have been either contemplated or taken to give protection. These steps have proved entirely inadequate. These murders have been going on for some time, and now they culminate in these things which came to our notice yesterday, and my Noble Friend desires to call the attention of the House to this definite matter of urgent public importance, namely, that the Government have failed to give protection to these disbanded Royal Irish Constabulary men up to the present moment, and I venture respectfully to submit to you, Mr. Speaker, that that is a definite matter, because of the failure to give protection, that it is urgent, because these men are being murdered, and that it is of public importance, for the honour of our country and the protection of our subjects.