HC Deb 20 December 1916 vol 88 c1565

Motion made, and Question proposed, "That an additional number of Land Forces, not exceeding 1,000,000, of all ranks, be maintained for the Service of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland at Home and Abroad, excluding His Majesty's Indian Possessions, in consequence of the War in Europe, for the year ending on the 31st day of March,1917."

The UNDER-SECRETARY of STATE for WAR (Mr. Macpherson)

So far as this Vote is concerned, I should like to explain to the Committee that no question of policy arises. The Vote is on the Paper because our Colonial troops are here and are incorporated in the Forces of the Crown. This incorporation puts us over our legal or legitimate number of 4,000,000, and it is in order to regularise this that I ask the Committee to give us this Vote.

Resolution to be reported To-morrow.

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