HC Deb 12 April 1920 vol 127 c1392W

asked the Home Secretary whether H. Figg, of 94, Kew Green, Kew, badge formerly No. 1,104, who had been licensed for about 14 years before the War as a driver of mechanical power and hackney carriages, has been since the conclusion of the War refused a renewal of his licence; what is the reason for such refusal; has it any relation to the fact that, after dismissal of an appeal for exemption from military service on business grounds, he declined as a conscientious objector to go into the Army, and having sold his cabs existed on the proceeds, and afterwards obtained employment, but failed when required to give particulars of such employment; and whether, seeing that such particulars have now been given, he will cause the matter to be reviewed?


The answer to the first part of the question is in the affirmative. During the War this man did not claim exemption as a conscientious objector, but went into hiding, and so evaded his obligation to military service, and the Commissioner, who is the licensing authority, feels no confidence that, if granted a licence, he would fulfil the obligations it imposes. The case is in no way affected by the fact of his having now given the name of his employer.