Criminal Offences.

Oral Answers to Questions — Ireland. – in the House of Commons on 17th July 1922.

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

86.

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether, pending the formal acceptance of the Southern Irish Provisional Government by the Dail and the permanent acceptance of the Treaty, the King's Writ still runs in the South; and, if so, whether he can say what action, if any, will be taken with regard to those persons who have committed murders, arson, and outrage?

Photo of Mr Winston Churchill Mr Winston Churchill , Dundee

In reply to the first part of the question, by the Transfer of Functions Order, 1922, public services in Ireland, including the administration of justice outside the six Northern counties, are transferred to the Provisional Government. In reply to the second part, I have every reason to suppose that that Government are taking all steps possible, in the present disturbed state of the country, to bring to justice persons believed to have been guilty of crime.