HC Deb 28 May 1952 vol 501 cc1623-4
Mr. Charles Royle (Salford, West)

I beg to move, in page 119, line 39, at the end, to insert "Royal."

Mr. Emrys Hughes (South Ayrshire)

I very much regret that it has become my duty to move this very important Amendment.

The Deputy-Chairman (Mr. Hopkin Morris)

The Amendment has been moved. Do I understand that the hon. Gentleman wants to speak to it?

Mr. Hughes

Yes. I think this important Amendment should not be allowed to pass in silence, and I should like to ask the Chancellor what he means by allowing this insult to the Royal Army Dental Corps. I am surprised that the hon. Gentleman the Member for Dudley (Mr. Wigg), in whose name the Amendment stood, is not in his place. [An HON. MEMBER: "He is; he is in bed."] I understood that the boy had fled from the burning deck and had left me in control.

The Secretary of State for War and the other Service Ministers should have been here, and I am strongly in favour of having them shot at dawn, along with the Chancellor of the Exchequer. I am in favour of this Amendment, as it does justice to an important section of the Armed Forces.

Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

The purpose of the Amendment, about the moving of which there appeared to be some ambiguity but, clearly, much enthusiasm, is to correct an error in the Bill in the designation of the Royal Army Dental Corps. I have the agreeable experience at this stage of our proceedings of being able to say that we are very glad to accept the Amendment.

Question put, and agreed to.

Schedule, as amended, agreed to.