HC Deb 26 November 1946 vol 430 cc262-3W
Mr. Mitchison

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he has yet published the regulations to abolish compulsory church parades; whether he is aware that on loth November, 1946, there was held a compulsory church parade for some or all of the men attached to the headquarters of the 2nd Infantry Brigade, M.E.L.F.; and what steps he proposes to take to ensure the discontinuance of such parades.

Mr. Bellenger

Yes, Sir. The amended regulations for church parades have been published. They include provision for a parade of troops at the discretion of the General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, for a ceremonial occasion of national or local importance which includes a religious service. Armistice Day is clearly such an occasion and I have no intention of discontinuing this practice. No one, however, will be obliged to attend a religious service of a denomination other than his own.