HC Deb 23 November 1939 vol 353 cc1420-1W
Major Milner

asked the Minister of Labour whether he will publish in the OFFICIAL REPORT an analysis of the decisions of local tribunals for the registration of conscientious objectors up to the latest date, such decisions being also expressed in percentages of those registered so as to facilitate comparison?

Mr. E. Brown

The information asked for by the hon. Member is being compiled, and I will arrange for it to be circulated in the OFFICIAL REPORT in due course.

Mr. Creech Jones

asked the Minister of Labour how many applicants have appeared, up to the latest date for which in- formation is available, before each of the local tribunals hearing the claims of conscientious objectors to military service; and, in each case, the number of applicants given unconditional exemption, the number exempted conditionally, with an indication of the general nature of the conditions, the number registered for non-combatant service only, and the number whose claims have been totally rejected by the tribunals?

Mr. E. Brown

I would refer the hon. Member to the reply I gave to-day to the hon. and gallant Member for South-East Leeds (Major Milner). Persons registered conditionally as conscientious objectors under Section 5 (6)(b)of the National Service (Armed Forces) Act are generally directed by tribunals to take up some work of national importance, or, if they are already engaged in such work, to remain in their present occupation.