§ 26. Mr. PETHICK-LAWRENCE
asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he has any statement to make as to the present situation with regard to conscription in Kenya?
§ Mr. AMERY
In opening the Session of the Legislative Council of Kenya on 14th August the Governor said in regard to the Defence Force Ordinance that a Committee had been dealing with the subject of exemptions and the possibility of establishing other forms of public service for those who have a conscientious objection to carrying arms. At a meeting of the Council on 24th August the Government stated, in reply to ques- 476 tions, that it was their intention to reconsider certain sections of the Ordinance in view of representations received and that it was their intention not to enforce the penalty sections of the Ordinance until further notice. I have no further later information in the matter.
§ Mr. PETHICK-LAWRENCE
In view of the very strong feeling there is in the Colony, will the right hon. Gentleman see that every opportunity is given to revise this Order?