Murdered Police (Dependants' Indemnity)

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland – in the House of Commons on 8th October 1942.

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

asked the Home Secretary whether the cost of the indemnity payable to the widows and children of the two constables who were fired on and mortally wounded by armed raiders at Clady, County Tyrone, will fall upon Northern Ireland or be defrayed by the British Government?

Photo of Mr Herbert Morrison Mr Herbert Morrison , Hackney South

Under the statutory provisions relating to cases where members of the Royal Ulster Constabulary are killed or injured the pensions and allowances which may be granted are payable from Northern Ireland Funds.

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

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the widow of one of the constables has, under Irish law, brought an action against the innocent county of Tyrone claiming £5,000 indemnity, whereas it is well known that the assassins came from over the border and after having committed their foul deed returned over the border to Eire? Is it fair that this burden should fall upon Northern Ireland?

Photo of Mr Herbert Morrison Mr Herbert Morrison , Hackney South

I think that all I can say is that I have answered the Question which was on the Paper.