§ SIR CHARLES DILKE (Gloucestershire, Forest of Dean)
To ask the Secretary of State for War whether he can lay 90 before the House a Memorandum showing the powers and duties of the Secretary of State for War which it is proposed to transfer to the Army Council under the Army Council Bill introduced into Parliament on Tuesday last.
(Answered by Mr. Secretary Arnold-Forster.) The various Acts containing provision for the statutory powers and duties of the Secretary of State for War are so numerous that it would not be practicable to draw up an intelligible Memorandum of the nature desired by the hon. Baronet other than a complete series of extracts from the Acts in question. These Acts (i.e., the unrepealed portions of them) are set forth in a small hook prepared for Departmental use, which commences with an Act of 1552 and includes the Acts of 1900. I will send copies of this to the library, and I think this will give all the information required.