§ Mr. GINNELL
(by Private Notice)asked the Under-Secretary of State for War how many military prisoners were summarily executed in Dublin last week for participation in the rebellion there; what was the alleged offence of those of them who were neither leaders nor signatories of the republican proclamation; what was the length of interval between capture, sentence, and execution; what facilities were afforded them for religious preparation for death; whether all were allowed the ministrations of priests of their own choice; and whether any more are to be executed before this House is afforded an opportunity of discussing the matter?
§ Mr. TENNANT
The hon. Member's question only reached my hands at twelve o'clock this morning. On the points mentioned I am not in possession of information other than that contained in the public Press.
§ Mr. GINNELL
Cannot the right hon.-Gentleman answer the last clause of the question—whether any more are to be executed before this House is afforded an opportunity of discussing the matter?
Mr. MacCALLUM SCOTT
Will my right hon. Friend keep constantly before him recent precedents in South Africa, with a view to seeing whether any lessons can be learned there which will promote the security and well-being of the United Kingdom as the security and well-being of South Africa have been promoted?
§ The PRIME MINISTER
My hon. Friend may rest assured that we are keeping that most carefully in view.
§ Sir W. BYLES
I have not got a definite answer to my question as to whether the first executions, at any rate, were decided by the Cabinet or by the military authorities uncontrolled?
Sir H. DALZIEL
Are all the officers and men now accounted for or is there still a large number missing?