HC Deb 26 March 1947 vol 435 cc1368-9

Lords Amendment: In page 9, line 26, leave out from "person" to "who" in line 28, and insert: holding or having held a rank not below that of Major-General in the Army or a corresponding rank in another of the Armed Forces of the Crown.

10.41 p.m.

The Secretary of State for the Home Department (Mr. Ede)

I beg to move, "That this House doth agree with the Lords in the said Amendment.

As the Bill left this House, it required that the person appointed to be the administrator should be one appearing to the Secretary of State to have a good knowledge and to be experienced in the administration of British military law. That phrase was criticised to a certain extent in this House. I paid attention to the criticism and endeavoured to find a form of words that would more exactly and accurately define the person who should be appointed. I hope that major-generals in the Army, or persons of corresponding rank in the other Armed Forces of the Crown fulfil the quite general requirements of the previous definition, and I recommend the House to accept the Amendment.

Lords Amendment: In page 10, line 9, after "fit", insert: being an officer or officers serving or having served in the said forces or in any of the Armed Forces of the Crown.

Mr. Ede

I beg to move, "That this House doth agree with the Lords in the said Amendment.

Here again, these words define more accurately the persons to whom the administrator can delegate his functions. They are persons who are in or who have previously served either in the Polish Army or in the Armed Forces of this country, and I am quite sure that this will make for the smooth working of the Measure.

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