Oral Answers to Questions — Metropolitan Police Force (Southern Irish Catholics).

– in the House of Commons on 26th June 1922.

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Photo of Brigadier-General Herbert Surtees Brigadier-General Herbert Surtees , Gateshead

99.

asked the Home Secretary whether ho can give an approximate estimate of the number of Southern Irish Roman Catholics who are serving in the Metropolitan Police Force?

Photo of Mr Edward Shortt Mr Edward Shortt , Newcastle upon Tyne West

I could not give such an estimate, except after a search through the records of the men in the Force, over 20,000. I may say, however, that when recruiting was reopened after the War on 1st January, 1919, it was arranged, in order to avoid undesirable competition with the Royal Irish Constabulary, that no Irish recruit should be taken into the Metropolitan Police Force.