HL Deb 25 April 1916 vol 21 c811

Order of the Day read for resuming the Debate upon the Motion of Viscount Milner, viz., to resolve, "That in the opinion of this House it is necessary, in order to secure the objects for which the country is fighting, that an Act should be passed without further delay rendering all men of military age liable to be called upon for military service during the continuance of the war."


My Lords, in view of the statement which I propose to make in the course of a few minutes, I beg to move, with the consent as I believe of the noble Viscount opposite, that the debate on his Motion be adjourned.

Moved, That the Debate be further adjourned.—(The Marquess of Crewe.)


My Lords, I am quite willing that, to meet the convenience of the Government, this course should be followed. As I understand, the position is that the statement of the noble Marquess and the subsequent discussion in Secret Session are to be in the nature of an interlude, and that at the close of the Secret Session I shall have the right either to resume the debate on my Motion or to take any other course.

On Question, the further debate adjourned.