In regard to the first part of the question, I would refer the Noble Lord to Article 8 of the Articles of Agreement for the Treaty which is published as a Schedule to the Irish Free State (Agreement) Act, 1922. I have no exact information as to the number of men who are being enrolled temporarily to meet the present emergency; but I would point out that the Irish Free State, like any other self-governing State, is entitled to call upon the whole of her manhood to assist in quelling an armed rebellion. The number of rifles in the possession of the Provisional Government are still well within the limits of the force contemplated under the Treaty.
I am perfectly well aware of that, as I took part in a Debate on the subject which lasted several hours, and I say the number of rifles in the possession of the Provisional Government is well within the limits of the view which we took as to what must be permitted under the Treaty.
That matter was very fully discussed when the Irish Free State Bill was going through, and if the Noble Lord would read up that Debate he would get a great deal of information on the subject out of it. As to what was considered a fair interpretation of the limit in this respect, it was stated on that occasion that between 30,000 and 40,000 men would be a fair interpretation.