Special Constabulary, Ulster.

Oral Answers to Questions — Ireland. – in the House of Commons on 6th July 1922.

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Photo of Mr Benjamin Spoor Mr Benjamin Spoor , Bishop Auckland


asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether any financial support has been given by the British Government towards the upkeep of the Ulster specials; and, if so, whether, and to what extent, the British Government exercise control over this body?

Photo of Mr Winston Churchill Mr Winston Churchill , Dundee

In reply to the first part of the question, Parliament will be asked to vote a Grant in-Aid of the revenues of the Government of Northern Ireland, of which part is intended as a contribution to the cost of the Special Constabulary; in reply to the second part, no direct control is exercised; but we expect the Northern Government to give reasonable and proper consideration to our views, and this they are usually ready to do.

Photo of Captain William Benn Captain William Benn , Leith

Is the money provided in the Estimates already, or shall we have a Supplementary Estimate for this?

Photo of Mr Winston Churchill Mr Winston Churchill , Dundee

A considerable sum of money has been taken in the Estimates, and has not yet been spent. If it be spent, and more be needed, a Supplementary Estimate will be presented.