Malicious Injuries (Compensation Commission).

Oral Answers to Questions — Ireland. – in the House of Commons on 17th May 1922.

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Colonel NEWMAN:

55.

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he is aware that the Commission to inquire into awards made under the Criminal and Malicious Injuries (Ireland) Act is summoning witnesses to Dublin to give their evidence; that many so summoned are persons who have been obliged to leave Ireland under threat of death and whether, under these circumstances, he will consider the possibility of transferring the sittings of the Commission to Holy-head, to Bangor, or to Chester?

Photo of Captain Charles Foxcroft Captain Charles Foxcroft , Bath

58.

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he is aware that witnesses who have been summoned to Dublin in connection with awards made under the Criminal and Malicious Injuries Act, 1920, and who have been forced to leave Ireland on threat of death, are afraid to return; and will he consider whether a change of venue would be possible?

Photo of Mr John Gretton Mr John Gretton , Burton

62.

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies if he is aware that many of those who have claims to make before the Committee of Inquiry into compensation claims to be held in Dublin in open Court consider that their lives would be in danger if they were to appear and give evidence in Dublin; and if opportunity will be given to such claimants to state their case in London, or elsewhere in Great Britain, under conditions where they may be free from the dangers which they fear in Dublin?

Photo of Mr Hamar Greenwood Mr Hamar Greenwood , Sunderland

This Commission will hold its first meeting in Dublin at the end of this week. I am informed that no witnesses 'have been summoned by the Commission to this meeting. I am not aware that it has settled the procedure to be adopted before it, but I have no doubt that should the Commission find it necessary in any particular case to require the personal attendance of any individual who has reason to believe that his presence in Ireland would expose him to risk, suitable arrangements would be made to receive his statements elsewhere.