HC Deb 30 March 1914 vol 60 cc855-6W

asked the Secretary for War whether the statement of the law as regards the duty of soldiers to act in aid of the civil authorities which is to be found in the first three paragraphs of the White Paper [Cd. 7318] had the approval of the Law Officers before it was communicated to the general officers, or has since been approved by them or either of them as a true and accurate statement of the law on the subject; and, if not, whether he will obtain the opinion of the Law Officers on the point?


The statements in the paragraphs referred to were not made without proper consideration of their correctness and reference to the authorities concerned. With regard to the last part of the question, I would refer the hon. and learned Gentleman to the statement of the law on this subject as made by Lord Haldane, which now forms an Appendix to Chapter 13, Manual of Military Law.