HC Deb 01 March 1900 vol 79 c1433

I beg to ask the President of the Local Government Board whether, when the census is taken, he will arrange that each householder is asked whether he has served in the Army, the Militia, or the Volunteers, and if he is willing to serve again should the country be threatened with invasion.


I can quite sympathise with the object of my hon. friend, but I doubt if his proposal would accomplish the purpose which I suppose he has in view. Moreover, I am advised that any addition to the census schedules would increase the danger of inaccuracy and involve delay, and I am afraid I cannot accede to his suggestion.