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The Naval Defence Eill introduced by Governor's message into the House of Representatives on Friday afternoon is one of the greatest interest to New Zealanders, and the following digest of the main points which appeared in Saturday's " Dominion " is of interest. The repeal of the Naval Subsidy Act, by which New Zealand pays £100,000 annually to the British Navy is of great interest, and the fact that part of the money is to be used for the New Ze'aiand naval force and reserves:—

"The Bill proposes to give the Governor power to raise such perman ent naval forces as be deems necessary, to appoint officers for the force, and to appoint an officer to command the whole or any portion of the force. There are rules submitted to govern the promotion of officers, the general effect of them being that officers muet not be promoted until they have passed the prescribed examinations, The force is to be raised by voluntary en listment only, and the enlistment shall be for such period as is pre scribed, provided that in no case shall the prescribed period be less than two years, A person under the age of 21 yearc may enlist for service in thnaval force with the consent of his parent or guardian for such period as is prescribed, but that period shall not exceed the time required for him to attain the age of 30 years Per eons in any other part of the British Dominions may, subject to the law in force in that part, voluntarily enlist as members of the New Zealand naval forces. Ou discharging any member of the naval forces shall be drafted to the Royal New Zealand Naval Re serve, and shall thereafter be liable for such period as may be prescribed for service only in time of war.

The Governor may, for the purpose of naval service or training, take any part of the New Zealand Naval > orces on board any ship of the King's Navy,

or of the navy of any part of tbe British Dominions, or in any naval training establishment or school in j connection with such navy At a time when war between Great Britain and another country has been t declared or is imminent, the New Zealand Naval Forces are to be at the disposal of Great Britain. Under prescribed conditions transfere between tbe New Zealand Naval Force3 and the King's Naval Foresee or the naval forces of other ■ acs of the British Dominions are to b) p3i« mitted. r When any member of the naval forces is killed od active service or duty, or diea or becomes incapacitated from wounds or disease contracted on active service, provision is to be made for his widow and family, or for himstlf, out of the Consolidated Fund at rates prescribed. Tbe Naval Subsidy Act by wnlob New Zealand pays £100,000 annually to tbe British Navy is repealed, and, as the Minister explained, the money is to be used partly in the maintenance of the New Zealand Naval Force and Reserve?, and the remainder will be paid over to the Admiralty,"

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NAVAL DEFENCE BILL., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXI, Issue 4353, 2 December 1913

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NAVAL DEFENCE BILL. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXI, Issue 4353, 2 December 1913

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