HC Deb 03 April 1950 vol 473 c904

Motion made, and Question proposed, "That the Clause stand part of the Bill."

Mr. A. R. W. Low (Blackpool, North)

I wish to make one short point which has been made before. We are discussing here, among other things, Amendments to the Army Act. The problem with which the Committee is faced is the fact that the Army Act as such is not now printed. The last print of the Act is dated 1940. It was reprinted in 1945, but since that date there have been a great many Amendments, and if other hon. Members try, as I have tried, to read through the Bill which we are now discussing, to discover where some of the Sections referred to exist in the Act, they will find it very difficult. Of course, members on the Government Front Bench have many helpers to paste in Amendments to their copies so that they can more easily understand what has happened. Therefore, I put forward this plea—that as early as possible the Government should reprint an up-to-date edition of the Army Act as it is really in force today.

The Under-Secretary of State for War (Mr. Michael Stewart)

I have listened with much sympathy to the hon. Gentleman's plea. He will appreciate, I think, that in the years during which this difficulty arose there were obvious reasons why it was not possible to provide a more recent and up-to-date print of the Army Act. I realise the force of what he says, and we will look at the matter and see if we can help.

Question put, and agreed to.

Clause ordered to stand part of the Bill.

Clauses 3 to 11 ordered to stand part of the Bill.