Irish Brigade

Oral Answers to Questions — British Army. – in the House of Commons on 10th February 1942.

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Photo of Mr Richard Stokes Mr Richard Stokes , Ipswich

asked the Secretary of State for War whether a decision has yet been taken with regard to the formation of an Irish Brigade for service in the British Army, and, if so whether he will give the widest publicity to the fact that such a unit is in existence?

Photo of Lieut-Colonel Sir Edward Grigg Lieut-Colonel Sir Edward Grigg , Altrincham

I regret that I am not in a position to make a statement on this subject at the present time.

Photo of Mr Richard Stokes Mr Richard Stokes , Ipswich

Is it a fact that of the first 11,000 recruits in Northern Ireland 8,000 came from the South, and would it not be a good thing to canalise that line of supply so that they can be together?

Photo of Professor Douglas Savory Professor Douglas Savory , Queen's University of Belfast

What is the hon. Member's ground for the statement in his Supplementary Question?