HC Deb 19 February 1917 vol 90 cc1007-8W
Colonel YATE

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies in how many of the Crown Colonics local military service for all British subjects of European origin has been made compulsory; and what arrangements are being made regarding the remaining Crown Colonies?


All Europeans of military age are required to serve in the Volunteer Forces of the Straits Settlements and the Federated Malay States. The question of introducing a similar scheme in Ceylon is under consideration. Provision for compulsory service for local defence has also been made in the British East Africa Pro- tectorate and in Fiji. As to other Colonies, I am anxiously considering the whole question, but I am not prepared to adopt any further change at present.

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