48. Sir J. HOPE
asked the Prime Minister whether, in view of the possibility that the equitable ratio of recruits may not be obtained from Ireland under the voluntary system, he will state what steps have been taken to provisionally prepare the machinery necessary before actual enrolment can begin under the Military Service (No. 2) Act, 1918; and whether the arrangements which have been made since the passing of the Act will reduce the delay which he then estimated would be necessary between a decision of the Government to apply the Military Service Act to Ireland and the first posting of recruits to units?
§ The CHANCELLOR of the EXCHEQUER (Mr. Bonar Law)
I can add nothing to the answer which was given to a similar question by my hon. Friend by the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of National Service on Tuesday last, except to say, in answer to the last part of the question, that I can add nothing to previous statements in the House on this subject.
Sir J. HOPE
Is the right hon Gentleman aware that the Minister of National Service invited me to ask the Leader of the House whether any arrangement had been made whereby the Military Service Act could be applied to Ireland in the event of the voluntary system failing?
§ Mr. BONAR LAW
I did notice that the Minister of National Service invited my hon. and gallant Friend to put a question to me, and I have given the only answer I can.