HC Deb 20 November 1940 vol 365 c1979
44. Mr. Edmund Harvey

asked the Sectary of State for War whether the report on the allegations of ill-treatment of conscientious objectors attached to the non-combatant corps has been received; and whether he has taken any action arising therefrom?

Mr. Law

I would refer my hon. Friend to the answer given yesterday to my hon. and gallant Friend the Member for South-East Leeds (Major Milner).

Mr. Harvey

As the answer was not given orally, can the hon. Member state the purport of the reply?

Mr. Law

The purport of the reply was that the report of the Court of Inquiry has not yet been received, but my right hon. Friend hopes to receive it some time this week.

Major Milner

Did not the reply also state that it required some further consideration? The matter is extremely urgent, and the report has been at the War Office for some weeks.

Mr. Law

Yes, Sir. The War Office fully realise how important is this matter, and I think our attitude towards this problem has already been made clear. The amount of evidence taken was extremely voluminous, and I have no doubt that the report will require a great deal of consideration.

Mr. McGovern

Can the hon. Member assure us that all ill-treatment of conscientious objectors has now ceased?