HL Deb 17 November 1959 vol 219 c607

3.8 p.m.

THE EARL OF ONSLOW rose to move, That the Draft Army Act, 1955 (Continuation) Order, 1959, be approved. The noble Earl said: My Lords, the existing Army Act came into operation on January 1, 1957, and this is the third occasion on which I have had the honour to invite your Lordships to approve this Motion. Under Section 226 of the Act, your Lordships' House will again be invited to approve its continuance next year, and again before January 1, 1962. By that time the Act will have been in operation for five years. Your Lordships will then be at liberty to put forward Amendments to the existing Act, if any of your Lordships desires to do so, so that the revised Act will come into operation at that time. That being so, with great respect, I suggest that I move the approval of this Order formally and that any detailed questions which any noble Lord may like to raise on the Army as a whole could be raised perhaps when we have our debate on the Army Estimates later. I beg to move that the Order be now approved.

Moved, That the Draft Army Act, 1955 (Continuation) Order, 1959, he approved.—(The Earl of Onslow.)

On Question, Motion agreed to.