HC Deb 01 February 1955 vol 536 cc90-1W
86. Mr. Sorensen

asked the Secretary of State for War what number, or percentage, of officers and other ranks in the Army has been registered as Church of England, other denominations, Roman Catholic, Jews, and Agnostics or Rationalists, respectively; and, approximately, what percentage of those declaring or accepting a religious description for Army purposes attend the religious services officially provided for them.

Mr. F. Maclean

Up to date percentages of the various religious denominations will not be available for some months. The following percentages produced in 1948 are, however, a reasonable guide:

Per cent.
Church of England 71.8
Presbyterian 8.4
Methodist 4.5
United Board 2.1
Roman Catholic 12.9
Jews .3

The number stated to be Agnostics, Rationalists, Atheists, etc. is very small, and is not allowed for in the percentages quoted. Details of attendances at official religious services are not available.