HC Deb 25 April 1913 vol 52 c696W

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies if a Bill for the defence of the Union of South Africa has been introduced in that Dominion; and, if so, if he could state the main principles of that measure?


An Act to provide for the defence of the Union and for matters incidental thereto was passed last year. It imposes a liability on all citizens between the ages of seventeen and sixty to render personal service in time of war and to undergo a course of peace training. It provides, however, that only a certain proportion shall actually undergo training.