asked the Minister for Finance whether the claim of Mr. Charles Graham, of Bunninadden, Co. Sligo, for compensation for injuries caused by kidnapping was heard at Claremorris in October, 1923, and whether he can state what award has been made and when it is likely to be paid.

The health of the applicant was not seriously impaired as a result of his detention for seven days. He is a merchant and farmer in good circumstances, and can well afford to stand the slight expense to which he was put—it is stated that he had to pay £8 medical expenses. The Committee could not have any regard to the fine, £200, which is said to have been paid to the applicant's captors, before he was set free.

Can the Minister state why the Committee cannot be made have regard to this claim?

It is outside the terms of reference.