HC Deb 12 November 1928 vol 222 cc475-6

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?


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- 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.


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?


I think it is quite clear from my answer that the Governor and the Government of Kenya are doing everything in their power to meet all genuine objections.


Is this in accordance with the Kellogg Treaty?