§ Mr. INSKIP
(by Private Notice) asked the Secretary of State for War whether it is a fact that the Non-Combatant Corps still contains a number of conscientious objectors, and whether, in view of the statement by the Home Secretary that 886 there are no conscientious objectors in prison or under control, directions can now be given for the immediate discharge of all such persons from the Non-Combatant Corps?
There is a difference between the question as sent to me and as read by the hon. Member—" that there are no conscientious objectors under control, the Secretary of State will give directions for their immediate discharge?' I should be glad if my hon. and learned Friend would kindly postpone this question as my right hon. Friend has not been able to prepare a reply in the time available.
§ Mr. INSKIP
Is the hon. and gallant Gentleman aware that the Home Secretary stated that there were no conscientious objectors under control, and will he consider that the men in the Non-Combatant Corps accepted their duty to the State instead of rebelling and going to prison?
I do not think I can deal with any question other than that put to us at the War Office.
§ Colonel WEDGWOOD
Is the Non-Combatant Corps earning its keep at present, and would it not be an economy to disband it?