HC Deb 21 May 1912 vol 38 c1872

I want to ask the Under-Secretary for War whether he can state if the War Office consider what Lord Haldane and Sir John French called conscription to be the same system as what is called universal military training; and may I ask him whether the General Staff accept the definition given in Murray's Dictionary of "Conscription," as distinguished from universal military service? I ask the right hon. Gentleman to give an explanation, because speakers all over the country use the word conscription as a bogey word to frighten people to prevent them looking into the question of universal military training which Lord Roberts has advocated now for some years. The word is used purposely to frighten people, and as the effect of making—

Notice taken that forty Members were not present. House counted, and forty Members not being present,

The House was adjourned until Tomorrow (Wednesday) at Twelve o'clock.

Adjourned at Fourteen minutes after Eleven o'clock.