HC Deb 23 May 1950 vol 475 c1821
12. Mr. Thurtle

asked the Secretary of State for War why he is contemplating the re-introduction of compulsory church parades in the Army.

Mr. M. Stewart

My right hon. Friend is not contemplating this action.

Mr. Thurtle

Is my hon. Friend aware that, while my Question appears to be unnecessary, I heard his answer with great satisfaction?

Mr. Emrys Hughes

Is the Minister not contemplating this action because he believes the practice of the Army is inconsistent with Christianity?

Mr. Stewart

No, Sir; I think it is more because we think the practice of compulsion is not consistent with Christianity.