HC Deb 22 May 1879 vol 246 c1012

asked the Secretary of State for War, Whether, in view of the long time which must elapse before the Army Discipline and Regulation Bill can possibly become Law, Her Majesty's Government will introduce a Bill into Parliament amending the existing Law which regulates the service of the First Class Army Reserve, enabling Her Majesty to call for volunteers from that body during the present emergency in Zululand?


, in reply, said, that if an understanding could by any means be arrived at, and a Bill of one clause, enabling the men of the First Class Army Reserve to volunteer for service, could be passed through the House without prolonged discussion or the opening up of general questions, he would be willing to introduce such a measure. If, however, it was likely to load to lengthened discussion, it would, he thought, be better to proceed in the matter by means of the Army Discipline and Regulation Bill, in which there was a clause of a similar nature.


said, the Secretary of State for War could only discover whether it would be allowed to pass without discussion by bringing forward the Bill. The onus was upon the right hon. and gallant Gentleman; but, at the same time, he, personally, did not think there would be much opposition.