HC Deb 19 July 1909 vol 8 c2

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he would introduce legislation to compel every capable man to learn enough to discharge the duty of giving personal service for the defence of his country?

The SECRETARY of STATE for WAR (Mr. Haldane)

No, Sir. I do not propose to introduce such legislation.


In view of the fact that the right hon. Gentleman said that it is the duty of every man to give personal service for the defence of the State, how is that to be brought about if the right hon. Gentleman will not take the only means by which it can be effected?


That is more in the nature of an argument than a question.