HC Deb 23 February 1954 vol 524 c188
22. Mr. Sorensen

asked the Secretary of State for War to what extent church parades continue as part of the Army routine at home stations; and approximately the percentage of men who voluntarily attend church worship.

Mr. Head

Church attendance is voluntary but parades in connection with a religious service are held on ceremonial occasions of national or local importance under the authority of a general officer commanding-in-chief. Figures of attendance are not kept.

Mr. Sorensen

Is the normal procedure that no compulsion is used to ensure that men attend church parades?

Mr. Head

Except for the occasions I have mentioned, there is no compulsion to attend church.