I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland whether he can state the strength of all ranks of the Royal Irish Constabulary on the 1st January, 1906, and on the 1st October, 1908, respectively.
§ MR. BIRRELL
On 1st January, 1906, the strength of all ranks of the Royal Irish Constabulary was thirty seven county inspectors, 204 district inspectors, 235 head constables, and 9,474 sergeants and constables. On 1st October, 1908, the numbers were thirty-seven county inspectors, 195 district inspectors, 241 head constables, and 10,195 sergeants and constables.
Is this extraordinary increase of the police force in Ireland due to the governing of Ireland according to Irish national ideals.