I have no means of ascertaining the number of persons kidnapped in Southern Ireland since the truce, which is now nearly a year ago. I am in communication with the Northern Government as to the number of persons taken from within their jurisdiction and believed still to be in illegal custody, and on this subject I would refer the hon. Member to the reply which I shall give to his next question
No, Sir. I am still in communication with the Provisional Government with a view to ascertaining the whereabouts of these men and securing their release; and, as the House is aware, operations are now taking place in the counties bordering on the territory of the Northern Government which, I hope, will result in clearing up many points which are at present doubtful; but while the Provisional Government are engaged, in this area and elsewhere, in suppressing an armed rebellion against their authority, I cannot ask them to give their undivided attention to individual eases of outrage.