HC Deb 29 November 1939 vol 355 cc95-6W
Mr. Brooke

asked the Secretary of State for War whether any opportunities of enlistment in the Army at present exist for volunteers who conscientiously object to performing combatant duties, but are anxious to offer immediate service in a non-combatant capacity?

Mr. Hore-Belisha

Yes, Sir. Such men can volunteer to enlist in any non-combatant branch of the Army in which they wish to serve, but their acceptance will depend on the existence of vacancies. If they declare, on enlistment, their conscientious objection to combatant duty, they will not thereafter be transferred to a combatant arm.