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Volume 16 (1933, 34) / Pages 1095 - 1096
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[The Prime Minister]I will refer next to the speech of the hon. Member for West Tyrone (Mr. Donnelly). I am very glad he has admitted something along the lines of the Amendment which the Government has seen fit to put down to this Vote of want of confidence, for that is really what it amounts to. When my colleagues have passed the Resolution it will read like this: â??"That in the opinion of this House the employment of disloyalists entering Northern Ireland is prejudicial, not only to the interests of law and order and the safety of the State, but also to the prior claims of loyal Ulster-born citizens seeking employment."

All through this debate the charges made by hon. Members opposite have been grossly exaggerated. Since we took up office we have tried to be absolutely fair towards all the citizens of Northern Ireland. Actually, on an Orange platform, I, myself, laid down the principle, to which I still adhere, that I was Prime Minister not of one section of the community but of all, and that as far as I possibly could I was going to see that fair play was meted out to all classes and creeds without any favour whatever on my part.

Mr. LEEKE: What about your Protestant Parliament?

The PRIME MINISTER: The hon. Member must remember that in the South they boasted of a Catholic State. They still boast of Southern Ireland being a Catholic State. All I boast of is that we are a Protestant Parliament and a Protestant State. It would be rather interesting for historians of the future to compare a Catholic State launched in the South with a Protestant State launched in the North and to see which gets on the better and prospers the more. It is most interesting for me at the moment to watch how they are progressing. I am doing my best always to top the bill and to be ahead of the South.

As I have said, there is a great deal of exaggeration in the statements made to-day. Are memories so short that hon. Members opposite have forgotten that those who came into this Northern area at a certain period of our career came for the purpose of preventing the Ulster Govern

ment from being established. We will never forget the death of our old colleague, Mr. Twaddell, and there are two hon. Members of this House who bear the marks of bullets because of their loyalty in helping the Government to maintain law and order. Those people I always believe, came from outside. Is it any wonder that we should take precautions and advise our own people in this area to beware of persons of that type coming into Ulster in order to re- create all the turmoil, murder, bloodshed and trouble from which we formerly suffered?

May I just for a moment mention what happens in our Dominions in regard to' the prohibition of foreigners and other persons coming into those countries. I am reading extracts from the regulations governing the admission of immigrants into certain British Dominions and also into Kenya. Persons likely to endanger the safety of the Stateâ??and they are the persons referred to in this Amendment__

are not admitted. Take Canada:

(a) Persons who believe in or advocate the overthrow by force or violence of the Government of Canada or of constituted law and authority, or who disbelieve in or are opposed to organised government, or who advocate the assassination of public officials, or who advocate or teach the unlawful destruction of property.

(b) Persons who are members of or affiliated with any organisation entertaining or teaching disbelief in or opposition to organised government, or advocating or teaching the duty, necessity, or propriety of the unlawful assaulting or killing of any officer or officers either of specific individuals or of officers generally, of the Government of Canada or of any other organised government, because of his or their official character, or advocating or teaching the unlawful destruction of property.

Take New Zealand: The persons not admitted there are:

Persons who are disaffected or disloyal, or of such a character that their presence would be injurious to the peace, order, and good government of the Dominion.

Take South Africa: Who is refused admission there:

 
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