HC Deb 19 November 1917 vol 99 cc873-4W

asked the Home Secretary whether he is aware of the doubts concerning the legal status and rights of men who, having been examined in prison by members of the Central Tribunal, were reported to the Army Council as having a genuine conscientious objection to military service and released to do Home Office work under the work of national importance under the Home Office; whether he has consulted the Law Officers of the Crown as to his legal powers to restrict their liberties; and, if so, whether he will make the opinion received known to the House?


I am not aware of any doubts as to the legal status of the men employed under the Committee on the Employment of Conscientious Objectors, and no question on this point has arisen on which it has been necessary to consult the Law Officers.