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Naval Billeting, Etc, Bill

Volume 66: debated on Wednesday 26 August 1914

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Read a second time.

Resolved, "That this House will immediately resolve itself into Committee on the Bill."—[ Dr. Macnamara.]

Bill accordingly considered in Committee. Reported without Amendment.

Motion made, and Question proposed, "That the Bill be now read the third time."

I rise to ask whether the Admiralty, if they make an Order under this Bill—I think they will admit that it gives them very drastic powers—will take care that it is generally or publicly known in some way. I do not object to the powers being given, but I think when they are given, if any Proclamation is made, the Admiralty should take great care that it is known to those concerned.

We are simply adopting Section 108A of the Army Act, dealing with billeting in case of emergency, and Section 115 of the Army Act, which deals with impressment, and so on, because it may so happen that we may require for the time being to have officers and men on shore in headquarters, and we have taken power which the Army has under these two Sections.

Question put, and agreed to.

Bill read the third time, and passed.