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Additional regulations added to the Defence of the Realm Act, September 1914
(PRO ref: HO 45/10690)
 
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AT THE COURT AT BUCKINGHAM PALACE,

The 1st day of September, 1914.

PRESENT:

THE KING'S MOST EXCELLENT MAJESTY IN COUNCIL.

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Now, therefore, His Majesty is pleased, by and with the advice of His Privy Council, to order …… the following amendments be made in the Defence of the Realm Regulations, 1914:-

1. After Regulation 3 the following Regulations shall be inserted:-
" 3A. The competent naval or military authority may by order authorise the use of land within such limits as may be specified in the order for the training of any part of His Majesty's naval or military forces; ……

" 3c. The competent naval or military authority may if he considers it necessary so to do for the purposes of any work of defence or other defended military work, or of any work for which it is deemed necessary in the interests of public safety or the defence of the Realm to afford military protection, stop up or divert any road or pathway over or adjoining the land on which such work is situate: ……

2. The following Regulation shall be inserted after Regulation 12:-
" 12A. Any police officer or any person authorised for the purpose by the competent naval or military authority may stop any vehicle travelling along any public highway, and, if he has reason to suspect that the vehicle is being used for any purpose or in any way prejudicial to the public safety or the defence of the Realm, may search the vehicle and seize anything found therein which he has reason to suspect is being used or intended to be used for any such purpose as aforesaid."

3. At the end of Regulation 16 the following words shall be inserted:-
" And no person shall in any area which may be prescribed by order of a Secretary of State keep or have in his possession any carrier or homing pigeons, unless he has obtained from the chief officer of police of the district a permit for the purpose (which permit may at any time be revoked), and the chief officer of police may, if he considers it necessary or expedient to do so, cause any pigeons kept in contravention of this regulation to be liberated."

4. The following Regulation shall be substituted for Regulation 21:-
" No person shall by word of mouth or in writing spread reports likely to cause disaffection or alarm among any of His Majesty's forces or among the civilian population."


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