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Clause 6—(Amendment Of S 190 Of Army Act)

Volume 345: debated on Friday 31 March 1939

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Motion made, and Question proposed, "That the Clause stand part of the Bill."

11.54a.m.

I see that there is a slight alteration in the Title, and that for the "Irish Free State" there is to be sub- stituted the word "Eire." I want to ask the right hon. Gentleman to give us the pronunciation of this word so that when we use it we can do so on the authority of the War Office. I hope the right hon. Gentleman is prepared for this question and will be able to give us the proper pronunciation.

I am told that the proper pronunciation rhymes with "Sarah." This is made necessary by events beyond our control, but a change in name does not affect the smell of the Shamrock.

11.55 a.m.

I wish to raise a matter to which I have referred on former occasions. The term "Eire" embraces the whole of Ireland, and there is not any question of Eire meaning the Free State. If the term "Eire" is put in this Bill, then ipso facto the Government of this country recognise Eire, or Ireland, as one and undivided.

Question, "That the Clause stand part of the Bill," put, and agreed to.

CLAUSE 7 ordered to stand part of the Bill.