HC Deb 16 July 1912 vol 41 cc193-4

asked the Secretary of State for War whether it is to be understood that owing to the imminence of war it is his policy to defer the question of compulsory service in the Territorial Forces, in which he believes, until after such war and possible disaster to our forces?

Colonel SEELY

I am at a loss to understand the meaning of the Noble Lord's question.


May I ask if the right hon. Gentleman, or someone else—whether, indeed, it has not been stated—that it is extremely desirable that it should be obligatory upon every male in this country to learn the use of arms?

Colonel SEELY

I think that point would be more suitable for debate. What I may have said ten years ago is a matter that I shall be very glad to deal with at the proper time. Nothing in the question bears any relation to views I have expressed at any time.