Northern Ireland and Eire (Border Control)

Oral Answers to Questions — Civil Defence – in the House of Commons on 10th September 1942.

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Photo of Reverend Dr James Little Reverend Dr James Little , Down

asked the Home Secretary whether, as the matter has become increasingly urgent, he will make stricter regulations for crossing and recrossing the border between Eire and Northern Ireland?

Photo of Mr Herbert Morrison Mr Herbert Morrison , Hackney South

There is nothing I can usefully add to the replies which I have given to previous Questions by my hon. Friend on this subject.

Photo of Reverend Dr James Little Reverend Dr James Little , Down

Arising out of that answer, I should like to ask my right hon. Friend seriously whether he is aware that gunmen are crossing and recrossing the border between Eire and Northern Ireland without interference, that arms, munitions and explosives can easily be brought across——

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

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that six individuals, citizens of Eire, were prosecuted and fined at Omagh for being in Northern Ireland without certificates, and what I want to know is how they got into Northern Ireland; and what Service is responsible for allowing them to get into Northern Ireland?

Photo of Mr Herbert Morrison Mr Herbert Morrison , Hackney South

I can only say that I am delighted to find that the efficient police of Northern Ireland detected these persons.