HC Deb 11 August 1871 vol 208 cc1442-3

I wish, Sir, to make a personal explanation. It will be in the recollection of the House that last night I stated there were certain legal principles applicable to the regulation and form of government of the Army, and I quoted in defence of that proposition a statute which I asserted to be still a binding statute. It will also be in the recollection of the House that I was directly contradicted by my hon. and learned Friend the Member for Oxford (Mr. Vernon Harcourt). I was certain at the time that I was right; but not choosing to place my unsupported assertion against my hon. and learned Friend's opinion I allowed it to pass. I have since taken the trouble to look into the matter, and after referring to the recent edition of Blackstone, and the Consolidated Statutes, I find that the whole of the statute was in force so late as 1863, but that a portion of it was then repealed by the Statute Law Revision Act of that year. The portion I quoted, however, is expressly left in force as it appears by that Act, and is now, or certainly ought to be standing, as a Parliamentary declaration of the law in the Statute Book of this country.