§ * SIR CHARLES DILKE (Gloucestershire, Forest of Dean)
I beg to ask the Secretary to the Admiralty whether any steps have been taken to consider the applicability of the principle of the Naval Forces Act, as regards the enrolment of naval volunteers, to Jersey and Guernsey, in respect of the defence of the Channel Islands in time of war; and, if State legislation is necessary, whether steps will be taken to obtain it from the States of Jersey and the States of Guernsey.
§ MR. ARNOLD-FORSTER
I understand that the principle of the Naval Forces Act is applicable to the Channel Islands, although it is possible that on points of detail State legislation might be found necessary. The question will be fully gone into, but it is proposed to proceed first of all with the organisation of the divisions of naval volunteers in London and on the Clyde, before dealing with other districts.