HC Deb 17 March 1817 vol 35 cc1136-7

On the motion for the third reading of the mutiny bill,

Mr. Gurney

rose and stated, that on the suggestion of the noble lord, the secretary at war, that ministers were making their arrangements for the peace establishment of the army, and, that, consequently, when they brought forward their new Mutiny bill in June would be the more convenient opportunity to agitate the question, he should, in case the schedule marked B, permitting enlistments for life, unfortunately stood part of that bill, on the three grounds of its being a gross violation of natural justice, of its being productive of an incalculable aggregate of individual misery, and of its being a flagrant intervention on the constitutional law of England—move, that that clause be in that bill omitted.

The bill was then read a third time.