HC Deb 15 June 1937 vol 325 c180
19. Mr. Thurtle

asked the Secretary of State for War whether, in addition to his other changes designed to make service in the Army more attractive to recruits, he will abolish the present practice of compulsory church parades?

Mr. Hore-Belisha

I am not persuaded that to vary the traditional practice common to the three Services in this matter would have the effect suggested. Men are not compelled to attend services of denominations other than their own, and instructions have been issued to reduce formalities connected with inspections which precede the church parade.

Mr. Thurtle

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that, if he wishes to popularise the Army, the abolition of these compulsory church parades would be extremely popular with the private soldiers and noncommissioned officers?

Mr. Speaker rose


Mr. Thurtle

On a point of Order. Was not that a proper supplementary question, and may I not have an answer to it?

Mr. Speaker

It is clearly a matter of opinion.