Refugees (Distress Committee).

Oral Answers to Questions — Ireland. – in the House of Commons on 18th May 1922.

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Photo of Major Sir Archibald Boyd-Carpenter Major Sir Archibald Boyd-Carpenter , Bradford North

(by Private Notice) asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland whether he can give the House the Terms of Reference to the Irish Distress Committee presided over by the hon. and gallant Member for Chelsea?

Photo of Mr Hamar Greenwood Mr Hamar Greenwood , Sunderland

Yes, Sir. The Terms of Reference are as follow:

  1. (1) To investigate applications by or on behalf of persons ordinarily resident in Ireland who for reasons of personal safety have come to Great Britain and are represented to be in urgent need of assistance.
  2. (2) To furnish the Irish Office with reports on the adequacy or otherwise of their reasons for leaving their homes, and so to enable the Irish Office to make detailed representations to the Provisional Government to secure their return to their homes at the earliest possible moment.
  3. (3) To authorise the Irish Office in cases of proved necessity to advance money sufficient for immediate needs.
  4. (4) To advise the Government from time to time on any further steps which may, owing to the further development of the situation, be required to deal with the problem of refugees from Ireland.

Photo of Lieut-Colonel Wilfrid Ashley Lieut-Colonel Wilfrid Ashley , Fylde

What sum of money has been placed at the disposal of this Committee?

Photo of Mr Hamar Greenwood Mr Hamar Greenwood , Sunderland

The Leader of the House has already said about £10,000.

Photo of Lieut-Colonel Wilfrid Ashley Lieut-Colonel Wilfrid Ashley , Fylde

Is not £10,000 a miserably inadequate sum to allocate in this matter, in which there are hundreds of cases to be dealt with?

Photo of Lord Robert Cecil Lord Robert Cecil , Hitchin

Will this Committee have power to make any recommendations for permanent compensation or only to alleviate temporary difficulties?

Photo of Mr Hamar Greenwood Mr Hamar Greenwood , Sunderland

To alleviate temporary difficulties. It has power to make further recommendations of any kind.

Lieut.-Colonel A. MURRAY:

Where will the Committee hold its meetings?

Photo of Mr Hamar Greenwood Mr Hamar Greenwood , Sunderland

All correspondence is to be addressed to the Office of the Committee at 9, Queen Anne's Gate, which is a few doors away from the Irish Office.