Mr Rupert Gwynne: Will the right hon. Gentleman tell us how it has been so declared? At the present time, I do not quite see under what authority Ireland is being governed. There is this dictatorship of Mr. Collins. The Irish Parliament has never been called together. Under what authority are these Proclamations made? There is nothing to prevent the Irish Parliament in Dublin repudiating these Proclamations or...
Mr Rupert Gwynne: I do not know if it is a violation of the Treaty—I think it is—for Mr. Collins and his colleagues to arm this vast body of men who have been notoriously guilty of sedition in treating with foreign Powers in the past, and who are quite without discipline. These men are armed and are going about in uniform with apparently no definite arrangement as to when they shall be disbanded. I would...
Mr Rupert Gwynne: Will the right hon. Gentleman answer my question about a time limit?
Mr Rupert Gwynne: Is the right hon. Gentleman satisfied really that the Provisional Government will be able to stop a repetition of this sort of thing?
Mr Rupert Gwynne: 37. asked the Minister of Pensions whether his attention has been called to the case of Private A. G. D., Royal Marine Light Infantry, who was discharged from the Navy in November last suffering from spinal consumption, and was informed that his pension would be sent him in due course, but in spite of this promise later received a communication that he was not eligible, and on further...
Mr Rupert Gwynne: Is the hon. and gallant Gentleman aware that at the end of last week this pensioner had not been paid?
Mr Rupert Gwynne: Is the hon. and gallant Gentleman aware that I received a letter from this man on Saturday, saying he had not been paid, although he wrote earlier saying he had been?
Mr Rupert Gwynne: 38. asked the Minister of Pensions whether the officers' wound pensions and disability retired pay are likely to be reduced in 1923, or whether those at present in receipt of them canrely on no reduction being made on the 1914 warrant?
Mr Rupert Gwynne: How long will Lord Shaw be in America?
Mr Rupert Gwynne: Will the right hon. Gentleman consider the advisability of appointing someone in the meantime to take the place of Lord Shaw?
Mr Rupert Gwynne: 26. asked the Minister of Labour whether he has been able to find employment for any, and, if so, how many, of the barristers or solicitors who formed the military legal staff in Ireland prior to the treaty, and who before; joining and on disbandment were promised prior claim to consideration in connection with any Government legal appointment?
Mr Rupert Gwynne: Does the hon. Gentleman hope soon to appoint some of them? Is he aware there are many cases of hardship?
Mr Rupert Gwynne: 6. asked the Secretary of State for War whether the military formation of the so-called security police in Germany is still in existence?
Mr Rupert Gwynne: The House has not yet bad an opportunity of discussing it.
Mr Rupert Gwynne: Is the right hon. Gentleman in a position to get accurate information as to whether or not arms are landed in Ireland?
Mr Rupert Gwynne: What about the loyalists you have sacrificed?
Mr Rupert Gwynne: They never asked to be left unprotected.
Mr Rupert Gwynne: 13. asked the Chief Secretary whether, before the treaty, an agreement was come to between the Government and certain contractors in Ireland for the erection of ex-service men's cottages in that country; whether it was arranged that ex-service men were to be employed and subsequently to live in certain of the cottages; and whether any arrangements have been made whereby this understanding...
Mr Rupert Gwynne: Can the right hon. Gentleman say whether in fact any ex-service men have had houses let to them, or are out of employment?
Mr Rupert Gwynne: Will the right hon. Gentleman see that it is carried out?