HC Deb 20 December 1915 vol 77 cc58-9

With regard to to-morrow's business, I stated last week that I intended to move the Supplementary Vote for men tomorrow, to give the House the results in figures of Lord Derby's scheme, and of the conclusions of the Government upon them. In consequence of the complexity of that task, and the enormous difficulty of classifying and tabulating the figures, Lord Derby and his assistants were not able to complete their work last week. While I understand that they hope to send in their general results to-day, neither I nor my colleagues are yet in possession of them. The Cabinet are unanimously of opinion that in these circumstances no considered statement on that subject can be made to the House to-morrow, but we hope it may be possible to make such a statement before the Adjournment. This will not interfere in any way with the arrangement to take Vote A for the Army to-morrow.


May I ask the Prime Minister whether he will consider the advisability, when he decides to make a statement, of impressing upon so many of the single men who have not enlisted the necessity of enlisting?


If I could impress it upon them more than I have endeavoured to do, I would be very glad to do so.