§ Mr. AUGUSTINE ROCHE
asked the Chief Secretary for Ireland how many transfers of sergeants and constables of the Royal Irish Constabulary, married and unmarried, have taken place from the 1st January, 1913, to the 30th June, 1913, in the West Riding of the county of Cork, at the instance of County Inspector Tweedy, the county inspector of the riding, also the number for the corresponding previous half-year, the total amount of expense incurred, and from what source does this expense come, and the reasons for such transfers, if any, in each case; and if he will direct the county inspector not to cause unnecessary expense to the public and inconvenience to the men concerned by unnecessary transfers?
§ Mr. BIRRELL
The Inspector-General informs me that the number of permanent transfers of members of the force in this riding from the 1st January to 30th June last was 32, and of these seven were married. The number of transfers was also 32 for the same period of last year, of these 10 were married. These transfers were made either to fill vacancies or for the good of the service. The number of temporary transfers during the first half 1869W of this year was 69 and during the same period last year it was 33. These transfers were made for the purpose of strengthening stations awing to sickness, leave, local disturbance, and other matters. The cost of the transfers during the half-year ended 30th June last was £83 and during the same period of last year was £46. The cost of these transfers is paid out of the Constabulary Vote. The Inspector-General concurs in the action of the county inspector with regard to these transfers, all of which were necessary in the interests of the public service.