§ 20 and 22. Mr. RENNIE SMITH
asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies (1) if he will give the House particulars of the Rhodesian Military Defence Bill;
(2) whether the Rhodesian Military Defence Bill includes a conscience clause and exemption for objectors to military service?
§ Mr. AMERY
I fear I can hardly summarise the provisions of this Bill, but I am sending the hon. Member a copy. The Bill which has not yet been discussed in the Southern Rhodesia Legislative Assembly, includes a provision permitting the exemption from combatant service in time of war of a citizen who bona fide belongs and adheres to a recognised religious denomination, by the tenets whereof its members may not participate in war.
§ Mr. CAMPBELL
Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that in the Dutch East 874 Indies they have had military service for a great number of years; that the men have to serve out there either in—