Victimisation.

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

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Photo of Mr Joseph Devlin Mr Joseph Devlin , Belfast Falls

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asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies when the proposed Commission to deal with cases of victimisation, malicious injury, and persecution in Ireland is to be appointed; what representation will be given to the Catholics of Belfast and of the six counties of Northern Ireland on that Commission; and whether the parliamentary representatives of the Catholics of the six-county area will be consulted on the matter?

Photo of Mr Hamar Greenwood Mr Hamar Greenwood , Sunderland

I am not aware of any proposal to appoint a Commission such as that referred to by the hon. Member. The last two parts of the question do not therefore arise.

Photo of Mr Joseph Devlin Mr Joseph Devlin , Belfast Falls

May I ask why a similar Commission for the North-Eastern area of Ireland is not being appointed under precisely the same conditions as exist in Southern Ireland, where a Commission was appointed?

Photo of Mr Hamar Greenwood Mr Hamar Greenwood , Sunderland

That question was thoroughly gone into in the recent Debate, and may be raised again this afternoon. It cannot be answered fully in reply to a supplementary question.