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Thursday, 16 June 1904

Mr CROUCH asked the Minister, representing the Minister of Defence, upon notice -

Whether, in view of the decision of the Government not to recognise military rank off parade, the Minister of Defence will cause to be cancelled the following regulations applying to the Militia and Volunteer Forces made under the Defence Act 1903 : -

Part II., clause ro - "Warrant officers, noncommissioned officers, and men will salute all 4 m 2 commissioned officers whom they know to be such, whether dressed in uniform or not."

Part V., clause 31. - "A member of the Citizen Forces shall be considered to be on duty, although not in uniform."

I wish to say, in reference to this matter, that, upon the ist March last, I wrote to the Defence Department, asking for the cancellation of these regulations, but, up to date, have received no reply to my communication.

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