Mr Rupert Gwynne: Will the right hon. Gentleman say who gave orders for the release of this man, as well as the two Irish prisoners convicted of stealing the guns? Was it the Cabinet, or the right hon. Gentleman himself as Home Secretary?
Mr Rupert Gwynne: I beg to move to reduce the Vote by £1,000. Like the Prime Minister, the hon. Member who has just sat down devoted a large part of his speech to telling us what might have taken place at Genoa, but not in fact what did take place. Therefore, I was not able to derive any more hope from the hon. Member's speech than I did from that made by the Prime Minister. I have risen for the purpose of...
Mr Rupert Gwynne: I should have thought that the hon. and gallant. Member for Central Hull would by now have got accustomed to hearing his friends and colleagues in Russia harshly spoken of. They do not appear to have turned over a new leaf, and my present information is that they are still continuing their base practices. This Conference, when one somes to weigh it up after listening very carefully to the...
Mr Rupert Gwynne: Why?
Mr Rupert Gwynne: Was it better than the Irish Treaty?
Mr Rupert Gwynne: 4. asked the Minister of Pensions whether his attention has been called to the case of W. J. H., late No. 971,162, Royal Field Artillery, who was demobilised in August, 1919, and who applied for a pension in respect of tuberculosis in April, 1921; if he is aware that this has been refused by the Ministry on the ground that the medical advisers were unable to certify that the disability was in...
Mr Rupert Gwynne: Will the right hon. Gentleman make special inquiries as to whether the oath is the same as that which was taken by the Irish Republican Army?
Mr Rupert Gwynne: 22. asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether his attention has been drawn to a speech of Mr. Moylan, delivered at the Dail Eireann in Dublin on 28th April, in the presence of all the members of the Provisional Government, in which he stated that he was the leader of a body of armed Republicans, that he always seized every opportunity to rob British subjects of their goods to...
Mr Rupert Gwynne: The right hon. Gentleman has frequently stated that if we bring cases to his notice, he will bring them to the notice of the Provisional Government. Here I have brought a case in which a member of the Dail boasts of having robbed British subjects. Does he say he will put no pressure on the Provisional Government immediately to take action against this man who boasts publicly in a public...
Mr Rupert Gwynne: May I call your attention, Sir, to the fact that this is a question of robbing British subjects? Is that not a case for this House?
Mr Rupert Gwynne: Did I not ask the right hon. Gentleman whether, in a particular case, he would call the attention of the Provisional Government to the circumstances and urge them to prosecute, especially having regard to the fact that the individual concerned is a member of the Dail, and did not the right hon. Gentleman say he would not do so?
Mr Rupert Gwynne: Would it not have been better if the right hon. Gentleman had stated, when he gave the pledge, that the negotiations were going on'?
Mr Rupert Gwynne: Does not the right hors. Gentleman realise that when he makes a pledge the House takes it as a pledge, and not that something is being done behind it?
Mr Rupert Gwynne: 13. asked the Chief Secretary, in view of the fact that by the Act for the ratification of the Treaty the number of soldiers that can be raised by the Provisional Government is fixed in proportion to those employed by the Imperial Government, what steps have been taken by His Majesty's Government to ensure that this provision shall be observed; whether he will state what is the number of men...
Mr Rupert Gwynne: Will the right hon. Gentleman answer the last two parts of any question, as to the number of men at present on the strength of the Free State Army and what form of oath is taken by these recruits?
Mr Rupert Gwynne: Will the right hon. Gentleman say how he arrives at the conclusion that the Free State are keeping within the limits actually imposed with regard to the numbers if he does not know the numbers?
Mr Rupert Gwynne: I will put the question down again for Monday.
Mr Rupert Gwynne: 71. asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies the names and regiments of the three officers who were recently kidnapped near Macroom; and if he has yet any information concerning them?
Mr Rupert Gwynne: What step is the right hon. Gentleman taking to get their release?
Mr Rupert Gwynne: I beg to ask leave to move the Adjournment of the House for the purpose of discussing a definite matter of urgent public importance, namely, "the failure of the Government to take adequate steps to secure the release of three British officers who have been kidnapped in Ireland, and who are in imminent danger of losing their lives."