I always allow an hon. Member a certain exordium, in order to give him a chan[...]e to bring into order what at the first blush would seem to be out of order. I shall watch the hon. and gallant Gentleman with not less vigilance than does the right hon. Baronet.
I believe this Clause means that if the passing of this Bill raises any doubt as to the validity of the Foreign Enlistment Act, that doubt shall be resolved, and it will be made quite clear that the Foreign Enlistment Act does remain the law of the land. It seems to me purely a question of the removal of possible doubt.
With that object, I would like to ask for the assurance I have mentioned. The Foreign Enlistment Act has been recently a dead letter. We have allowed our men to enlist in foreign armies, almost with the assistance of the Government. Unemployed ex-service men were allowed to enlist in the Spanish Army in Morocco, and there have been other examples.
Yes, and Russia. We have lost quite enough men in Russia. That is a wound which I invite the hon. and gallant Member not to open. I was referring to what I hoped was non-controversial— the enlistment of British soldiers in the Spanish Army. I think there was a great breach of the law in permitting those men to go abroad.