HC Deb 16 July 1952 vol 503 c2142
40. Mr. Fenner Brockway

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether the new law applying conscription in Malaya includes a provision for the exemption of conscientious objectors on the same basis as the Military Service Acts of the United Kingdom.

Mr. Lyttelton

No, Sir.

Mr. Brockway

In view of the fact that the recognition of conscience has been supported on all sides in this House, will the right hon. Gentleman make sure that this law does include exemptions on these grounds in Malaya?

Mr. Lyttelton

I personally think that there are special considerations at the moment in Malaya which would lead us into very grave administrative difficulties if we attempted to introduce these exemptions at the moment.

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