HC Deb 13 January 1916 vol 77 cc1759-60
59. Mr. KING

asked the Attorney-General whether he will now take steps to define by legislation the meaning of the phrase, "for the continuance of the War"; and will he move to add a Clause to the Military Service (No. 2) Bill with this object?

The ATTORNEY-GENERAL (Sir Frederick Smith)

The phrase referred to in my hon. Friend's question occurs in a great number of statutes, and will undoubtedly require definition at some period. It cannot, however, be usefully defined until we are in a position to foresee the circumstances under which the War will end. The more particular point raised by my hon. Friend in relation to the Military Service (No. 2) Bill will no doubt require consideration in the Committee stage of the Bill when my hon. Friend will be able to develop his point.