Irish Grants Committee.

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce. – in the House of Commons on 27th July 1927.

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Photo of Lieut-Colonel Charles Howard-Bury Lieut-Colonel Charles Howard-Bury , Chelmsford

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asked the Prime Minister whether he is aware that dissatisfaction is felt amongst Irish loyalists at the inadequateness of the awards made by the Irish Grants Committee in the few cases in which the amounts of such awards have been disclosed; and whether, in view of the anxiety which exists amongst the large body of claimants to whom the amounts recommended have not been disclosed, he will state the reason for refusing to disclose the recommendations of the Irish Grants Committee to the persons interested?

Photo of Mr Winston Churchill Mr Winston Churchill , Epping

I have been asked to reply. I would invite reference to the reply given by the Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs to the hon. Member for Barnstaple (Sir B. Peto) on 17th May.

Photo of Lieut-Colonel Charles Howard-Bury Lieut-Colonel Charles Howard-Bury , Chelmsford

Can me right hon. Friend say what are the objections, when a case has been heard, to telling the claimants what amount has been awarded?

Photo of Mr Winston Churchill Mr Winston Churchill , Epping

I will send my hon. Friend a copy of the answer which was given by the Prime Minister on 17th May, and I believe he will find that it deals as fully as it is possible for us to deal with the subject of his question. If, however, there should be any point with which that answer does not deal, and he will communicate with me, I will see what can be done to meet his wishes.