HC Deb 15 March 1916 vol 80 c2067

asked the Under-Secretary for War by whose authority the commander of the Royal Army Anti-Aircraft Corps posted a notice in the stations of the corps informing men of military age that to save being conscripted arrangements had been made with the War Office to allow them to attest at Scotland Yard in uniform; and whether, as a matter of fact, the Military Service Act, 1916, does not apply to persons serving in His Majesty's forces at the date of passing the Act?


These men, i.e., those of the Royal Naval Anti-Aircraft Corps, were subject to the provisions of the Military Service Act, 1916, and opportunities were given to them to attest voluntarily before the date of the Act coming into force. In this respect they received no privilege that was not equally available to everybody else coming within the provisions of the Act. The Anti-Aircraft Corps is not within the exceptions set out in the first Schedule of the Act.