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Government Of Ireland Bill

Volume 65: debated on Monday 20 July 1914

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Powers Of Irish Parliament


asked the Prime Minister whether procedure will be provided for determining at an early stage the legality of measures promoted in the Irish Parliament so far as regards the power of such Parlament to legislate on the matters dealt with therein, and in any case before Bills are submitted for the approvel of the Crown; and what will be the nature of the machinery to be employed for this purpose?

I would refer the hon. Member to Clause 29 of the Government of Ireland Bill.

Amendment Bill (Lord Morley's Statement)


asked the Prime Minister if the statement made by Lord Morley elsewhere to the effect that the Amendments made by the House of Lords in the Government of Ireland (Amendment) Bill were tantamount to the rejection of the measure, expressed the views of the Government as a whole; whether such statement applied to all and, if not, which of the Amendments; if, in the event of it not being possible to proceed with the Amending Bill on agreed lines, it will be dropped; and if, in that case, the main Bill will be brought into force in its present form?

This is a matter that I think could only be properly dealt with in Debate.

National Volunteers


asked the Secretary of State for War whether he will state the name of the commanding officer of the 5th Battalion Leinster Regiment, formerly the Meath Militia; whether he is aware that on the annual training of the men instructions were issued on their separating that they were not to join the Irish Volunteers, and that anyone so doing would be dealt with by the military authorities; whether such threats were issued with the sanction of the military authorities; and what instructions, if any, have been issued to officers with regard to their attitude towards men who wish to join the Irish Volunteers?

The name of the commanding officer is Lieut.-Colonel Farrell. He reports that the statement is wholly incorrect and that he has issued no such instructions. As regards the last part of the question, I am not aware that any instructions have been issued on the subject.