Personnel, Northern Ireland (Protection)

Oral Answers to Questions — British Army – in the House of Commons on 17th November 1942.

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

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he is aware that there are Army personnel, stationed at points which are particularly liable to attack by subversive elements in Northern Ireland, who have, as yet, been provided with no arms for self-defence; and whether he will remedy this without delay?

Photo of Sir James Grigg Sir James Grigg , Cardiff East

I am aware that in certain static units some men are not fully armed. I am satisfied, however, that adequate protection is provided for them and for the camps, depots and other military establishments occupied by them. I do not consider that special arrangements need be made in Northern Ireland.

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

Is the right hon. Gentleman not aware that repeated applications have been made without any result whatever, and that the danger has been pointed out over and over again?

Photo of Sir James Grigg Sir James Grigg , Cardiff East

Yes, Sir, but in the view of the military authorities the danger is adequately provided for by the existing arrangements.