§ MR. HENRY HOBHOUSE (Somersetshire, E.)
I beg to ask Mr. Attorney General if it is necessary for a district councillor elected in March. 1901, who is absent on active service in South Africa, to make his declaration of office or attend the council within six months or any other period from the date of his election: or whether the Act 63 and 64 Vic., c. 46, applies to his case.
§ THE ATTORNEY GENERAL (Sir ROBERT FINLAY,) Inverness Burghs
The Act 63 and 64 Vic, c. 46, applies to the case of an officer or soldier of the Auxiliary forces or Reserve forces who is on service in South Africa, so that no vacation of office or pecuniary penalty results from omission to make the declaration of office within the prescribed time or his non-attendance at the meetings of the council caused by absence in South Africa on service.
§ MR. HENRY HOBHOUSE
Do I understand the hon. and learned Gentleman to say it applies to councillors elected since it was passed?