HC Deb 14 March 1918 vol 104 cc453-4
21. Mr. ALDEN

asked whether the conscientious objector named Eric Fox has been condemned to a fourth term of imprisonment; whether it is intended to keep such men in prison no matter how long the War may last; and whether there is any intention on the part of the Government to take action which will put an end to these long terms of imprisonment, in cases where men have proved themselves to possess genuine convictions?


The question whether a man who has served a sentence of imprisonment shall be again called up for military service is entirely for the military authorities to determine, and I have no authority to interfere in the matter.


Could the right hon. Gentleman not confer with the military authorities to ascertain whether some fixed, definite term could not be arrived at? It seems to me it is time these men were either acquitted or condemned to imprisonment for life.


The question should be addressed either to the representative of the War Office or the representative of the Ministry of National Service.


But was not the statement made in another place on behalf of the Government to the effect that this matter would be considered?