asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether Irish civil servants who are desirous of being superannuated and receiving compensation under Article 10 of the Treaty and Article 7 of the Order in Council, Transferring Powers, of April, 1922, are now at liberty to make application for that purpose; whether the six months' notice will run from the date of such application; and whether it will be possible for them, in cases where it is proper and desirable in their interests to do so, to be superannuated before the expiration of the six months' notice?
The answer to the first part of the question is in the affirmative. In reply to the second and third parts of the question, the formulation of the rules and conditions necessary for carrying into effect Article 10 of the Treaty and Article 7 of the Transfer of Functions Order is a matter for the Provisional Government.
Shall we in this House have an opportunity of discussing these Rules and Regulations which will govern the status of our civil servants?
Yes, ultimately, when the final stages of the Irish Constitution come before this House, legislative proposals will have to he made.
Am I to understand that we shall have that opportunity on the discussion of the Free State Constitution?
Either that or the ancillary Bill containing minor pro visions which will accompany it.