Sir THOMAS WHITE:
The hon. member for Russell (Mr. Murphy) asked me a question recently with respect to certain legislation before the Imperial Parliament. In deference to my hon. friend, who seemed to be greatly interested in the subject, I cabled Sir Edward Kemp for information, and have received the following reply:
London, April 9, 1919.
The Army (Annual) Act, 1919, which has at present passed the Commons but has not yet passed the Lords, proposes subsection (2) of section 131 of the Army Act be amended by adding " Notwithstanding anything in this Act the Secretary of State may arrange with the Governor of a Colony that any person or class of persons enlisted in the Colony shall, if sentenced under this Act to penal servitude, be transferred to or kept in the Colony and there undergo his sentence in any prison or place in which persons sentenced to penal servitude by a Civil Court in the Colony can for the time being be confined, or, if there be no such prison or place, in an authorized prison as defined by section 65 of this Act." Am informed this provision was introduced to meet a situation arising in regard to Africa.