HC Deb 01 March 1847 vol 90 cc659-60

moved for leave to bring in a Bill for limiting the time of service in the Army. He had stated the other night, that it was not his intention to enter into any details of this Bill; these he should leave to the second reading. He might mention, that the period named in the Bill, was ten years for the infantry, and twelve years for the cavalry and artillery.


hoped, that more time would be given to persons who enlisted, to think of the step they had taken, and suggested that twenty-four hours might be given to them to consider whether they would enter the Army or not. He had known persons in a state of drunkenness for twenty-four hours.


could assure the hon. Gentleman, that the authorities would do what they could to discountenance such practices; where parties were not in possession of their right senses, it could hardly be considered an enlistment at all.

Leave given.

House adjourned at Twelve o'clock.