HC Deb 02 November 1939 vol 352 cc2079-80
11. Mr. Woodburn

asked the Minister of Labour whether he is aware that some members of conscientious objector tribunals are engaging in arguments with applicants, exchanging Biblical quotations which are causing offence to the religious and moral feelings of the community; and whether he will instruct such tribunals to confine themselves to a judicial examination of each case?

Mr. E. Brown

I am being kept fully informed of the proceedings of these tribunals, and I have every reason to suppose that they are carrying out their duties in a judicial manner. Members of tribunals must necessarily question applicants in order to test the sincerity of their convictions.

Mr. Paling

Did the right hon. Gentleman see the reference yesterday to Pontius Pilate by the chairman of one of the tribunals, and does he think that that is desirable?

Mr. Brown

If the hon. Member looks at the fuller report I think he will see what was said to provoke that remark.