Military Legal Staff.

Oral Answers to Questions — Ireland. – in the House of Commons on 5th July 1922.

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Photo of Mr Rupert Gwynne Mr Rupert Gwynne , Eastbourne

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asked the Minister of Labour whether he has been able to find employment for any, and, if so, how many, of the barristers or solicitors who formed the military legal staff in Ireland prior to the treaty, and who before; joining and on disbandment were promised prior claim to consideration in connection with any Government legal appointment?

Photo of Mr Anderson Barlow Mr Anderson Barlow , Salford South

A special Committee was appointed to consider the best openings for the future employment of these-officers, and I am sending my hon. Friend a copy of the Report of this Committee. The Appointments Department is making every possible effort to find these officers alternative employment, and their claims will also he considered in connection with any vacancies in the Government service where legal knowledge is required. Owing, however, to the large reductions which have been, and are continuing to be, effected in the staffs of Government Departments generally, it has not yet been possible to appoint any of the officers to other suitable posts under the Government.

Photo of Mr Rupert Gwynne Mr Rupert Gwynne , Eastbourne

Does the hon. Gentleman hope soon to appoint some of them? Is he aware there are many cases of hardship?

Photo of Mr Anderson Barlow Mr Anderson Barlow , Salford South

I believe there are cases which merit consideration, but I am afraid that I can at present add nothing to my answer.

Sir F. HALL:

Will these gentlemen receive the same care and attention as the conscientious objectors who have been re-instated in Government employ?

Photo of Sir Maurice Dockrell Sir Maurice Dockrell , Dublin Rathmines

Was the destruction of the Four Courts helpful to the legal profession in Ireland?