(Per Press Association.—Copyright.) LONDON, March 31. Ihere was a long and bitter debate in the House of Commons on the motion for the third reading of the Services Bill.
The Labourites charged the Government with a breach of its pledge to abolish conscription, and with embarking on a mad race for armaments.
Mr Churchill defended the Government's policy, which was only designed to maintain sufficient troops to reap the fruits of victory. A motion for the rejection of the Bill Avas negatived by 282 votes to 64.
The House largely rejected Liberal amendments to the Bill.
Mr Churchill ■pointed out the gravity of the European situation, and ■ said that 900^000 was not an over large force in these nerilous months.
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SERVICES BILL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9575, 2 April 1919
SERVICES BILL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9575, 2 April 1919
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