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Griffith-De Valera Pact

Volume 155: debated on Thursday 15 June 1922

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asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether his attention has been drawn to a Clause in the agreement made between the Provisional Government of Southern Ireland and the extreme Republicans to the effect that in the third Dail or the Southern Irish Parliament members shall sit for areas in which the Provisional Government is not able to hold an election; whether, seeing that this involves the admission into the third Dail or Southern Irish Parliament of members nominated by the Provisional Government claiming to represent the area under the control of the Government of Northern Ireland, His Majesty's Government propose to allow the Parliament for Southern Ireland to admit members from Northern Ireland and to claim a suzerainty over Northern Ireland; and, if not, what steps does he intend to take in the matter?

The answer to the first part of the question is in the affirmative. In reply to the second part, I have no reason for supposing that the agree- ment referred to involves the admission into the House of Parliament now being elected of any members other than those elected in accordance with the provisions of the Irish Free State (Agreement) Act. The third part of the question does not therefore arise.