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Malicious Injuries (Compensation)

Volume 154: debated on Monday 22 May 1922

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asked the Chief Secretary for Ireland whether, having regard to the Government's moral obligation before the truce to protect the lives and property of all law-abiding citizens in Ireland, he will state what steps are being taken to compensate those whose property was commandeered or destroyed by the Irish Republican Army in its operations against the Crown who have not yet obtained decrees and may never be awarded compensation from any other source, but who are now destitute on account of such losses?

I would refer the hon. and gallant Member to the Warrant of Appointment of the Compensation (Ireland) Commission, which has been presented to Parliament, from which he will see that the Commission is specifically empowered to deal with cases of criminal or malicious injury in which no proceedings have been instituted, or in which the proceedings have not resulted in a final decree being given.