§ 58. Colonel YATE
asked the Prime Minister whether his attention has been called to the speech delivered by the Governor of Malta to the 1st and 2nd Battalions of the Malta Militia on the 15th March, 1918, calling upon them to represent the honour of Malta in the face of the enemy and to form a battalion for active service at the front; whether only 150 men out of the whole of these two battalions responded to this appeal; and whether, under these circumstances, compulsory service will be forthwith introduced into Malta and all men of military age and fitness called out for service, either in combatant units or labour battalions as may be deemed best?
The UNDER-SECRETARY of STATE for the COLONIES (Mr. Hewlns)
No, Sir. My attention has not been called to the speech in question.