HL Deb 04 August 1870 vol 203 cc1517-8

, in accordance with the promise made the other evening in the discussion on the Bill introduced by the noble Earl near him (Earl Russell), presented a Bill to amend the Acts relating to the Militia of the United Kingdom. The Bill provided that in case of imminent national danger or of great emergency, the occasion being first communicated to Parliament, if Parliament should be then sitting, or if not by Proclamation, it should be lawful for Her Majesty to cause the whole or any part of the Militia of the United Kingdom to be drawn out and embodied, or to cause additional Militia to be raised, according to the provisions of the existing Acts; but regard was to be had to the conditions under which any man had already enlisted. In the event of this Act being acted upon, it was provided that Parliament should be called together within 10 days of the date of the Proclamation calling out the Militia.

Bill read 1a; to be printed; and to be read 2a To-morrow. (No. 293.)

House adjourned at a quarter past Six o'clock, till To-morrow, Eleven o'clock.