So far as private contracts are concerned, different expressions are used, and it is probable that parties have different circumstances in mind. So far as Government contracts are concerned, this matter has been considered with a view to ensuring that words are used which will be free from ambiguity and carry out the intentions of the parties. The Government do not regard it as practicable, at any rate in present circumstances, to produce a legal definition which would satisfactorily dispose of the difficulties. If my hon. Friend has any special points of difficulty in mind, I would be very glad to consider them.
I know that that is so. It is not quite clear what the parties intend in regard to all the cases of private contracts. As my hon. Friend and the House know, different views may be taken on when it may be said that the war has come to an end. In some contracts it may be quite clear that it is on the termination of hostilities, but in other contracts it may be plain that it is the legal end of the war by Order in Council.