HC Deb 07 November 1921 vol 148 cc18-9
30. Sir J. D. REES

asked the Prime Minister whether any Bill is contemplated rendering conscientious objectors and others of military age who avoided military service during the country's peril in the Great War ineligible as candidates for public offices?


In view of the policy of the Government to give the greatest possible preference to ex-service men in selecting candidates for Government employment, it is not considered that any such legislation is necessary.

Sir J. D. REES

Is the Government aware of the intense indignation felt at the participation in the government of this country of men who would have seen it a Prussian province rather than risk their skins for it?


I am well aware of the feeling that exists. I would refer the hon. Member to the notice on the Paper to-day relating to the Select Committee which it is proposed to set up.


Is it possible by Order in Council to get rid of these conscientious objectors from Government employment?

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