asked the Home Secretary whether Mr. Sean T. D. McCurtain, Member of Parliament for Temporary, is at present confined in Leeds prison and is in a precarious state of health; and if he will state what is the nature of the charge against Mr. McCurtain for which he has been sentenced to imprisonment?
I have been asked to reply, as the question appears to relate to an Irish prisoner named John McCurtain, who was sentenced at Enniskillen Assizes on the 13th March, 1922, to 10 years' penal servitude for feloniously having firearms and ammunition in his possession. John McCurtain is at present in Aberdeen prison. He has recently been medically examined and found to be in excellent health.
Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that I asked a question about, this man, and gave the wrong Christian name? I got the proper name and put the question down again. I should very much like to know whether he is the same man of whom we have often heard.
asked the Home Secretary whether the following persons are confined in Maidstone Prison: Doherty, P. Parelly, John Kearney, Jos. McGuire, P. McOoragher, Sean McCarrol, J. McMullen, Dick McVeigh, James Smith, Thomas Trainer, Hugh O'Eourke, and O'Toole; and, if so, whether he will state the nature of the offences for which they have been sent to prison, the terms of their imprisonment, how much longer they have each to serve, and what is the state of their health?
As the answer is rather long, I propose, with the hon. Member's permission, to circulate it in the OFFICIAL REPORT. If it will relieve the hon. Member's feelings, I may say that all these gentlemen are in good health.
|Name||Offence.||Sentence.||Earliest possible-date of release on licence.|
|James Doherty||Possession of explosive substance||5 years' penal servitude||22nd August, 1926.|
|J. J. Maguire||Possession of explosive substance.||4 years' penal servitude||4th January, 1926.|
|John McMullan||Shooting with intent to do grievous bodily harm.||5 years' penal servitude||22nd February, 1926.|
|James Smith||Possession of explosive substance.||4 years' penal servitude||4th January, 1926.|
|One is in Parkhurst Prison:—|
|Hugh O'Rourke||Possession of explosive subtance||4 years' penal servitude||10th January, 1926.|
|One is in Borstal:—|
|Daniel O'Toole||Armed robbery; shooting at Peace Officer with intent to murder; possession of explosive substance,||6,4 and 3 years' penal servitude concurrent.||Commuted to Borstal Detention|
|The health of all these men is satisfactory.|
|John Kearney was released on the 20th ultimo.|
|The five others named in the Question do not appear to be in any English prison.|
Owing to the lack of accommodation in Northern Ireland for persons sentenced to penal servitude, arrangements were made with that Government in J923 for the reception of some of these prisoners in prisons in England and Wales. The arrangement is of general application. All expenses are defrayed by the Government of Northern Ireland, who are responsible for any questions in regard to length of sentence. The prisoners are subject to English convict rules, and I am responsible for their custody and treatment.
It has been stated by the right hon. Gentleman that Northern Ireland is still a part of the United Kingdom. I have handed in questions on this matter and each time they have been refused on the ground that Northern Ireland is not now a part of the United Kingdom and that we have no authority to deal here with the sentences on these prisoners. Seeing that it is now stated that Northern Ireland is part of the United Kingdom will questions in reference to these prisoners be accepted now?