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Clause 2—(Whole-Time And Part-Time Service)

Volume 437: debated on Wednesday 21 May 1947

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8.45 p.m.

I beg to move, in page 2, line 14, to leave out from "deemed," to the end of line 22, and to insert:

  • "(a) if his last service during that term was in the Royal Navy or the Royal Marines, to be entered for service in a Royal Naval Special Reserve which the Admiralty shall raise and maintain for the purposes of this Act; or
  • (b) if that last service was in the Regular Army, to be enlisted for service in the Territorial Army or the Army Reserve, as the Army Council may direct; or
  • (c) if that last service was in the Regular Air Force, to be enlisted for service in the Air Force Reserve."
  • The hon. and learned Member for the Combined English Universities (Mr. H. Strauss) will remember that he submitted a case, especially about the words "according as." I promised to look into the matter. I have considered it carefully, and as the hon. and learned Member was perhaps a little upset with me earlier in this evening, I hope that he will now be gratified that I have adopted the entire wording which he put upon the Order Paper.

    I thank the right hon. Gentleman for accepting this Amendment, which was designed, like all my Amendments, to improve the Bill. The other Amendment which I moved on the same occasion was accepted at once by the right hon. Gentleman, and in those circumstances I was the more astonished that he moved the Closure earlier this evening in order to stop me from making a two minutes' speech.

    Amendment agreed to.