British Subjects.

Oral Answers to Questions — Ireland. – in the House of Commons on 2nd August 1922.

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Mr. GIDEON MURRAY:

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asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether an Englishman, Scotchman, or Welshman, who has not been domiciled in the Irish Free State for seven years before the coining into operation of the Constitution, will, as a British subject, have the same rights and privileges in the Trish Free State as an Irish citizen created so by virtue of Article 3 of the Draft Constitution?

Photo of Mr Hamar Greenwood Mr Hamar Greenwood , Sunderland

The answer is in the negative. I must refer the hon. Member of my answer to his question of 6th July on this subject.

Mr. MURRAY:

But is that an answer to the question? I have asked whether British subjects will have the same rights and privileges in the Irish Free State as an Irish citizen? The answer is "No." May I ask how it is the right hon. Gentleman gave an answer a few days ago in which he said that a British subject would not be a foreign subject in the Trish Free State when the Constitution comes into force?

Photo of Mr Hamar Greenwood Mr Hamar Greenwood , Sunderland

I have read the previous answer. There is no contradiction with the answer which I have just given.

Mr. MURRAY:

By whom is the right hon. Gentleman advised?