HC Deb 19 December 1988 vol 144 c77W
Mr. Alton

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the South African authorities about the case of Mr. Charles Bester, an 18-year-old Anglican, sentenced last week to six years in jail following his conscientious objection to joining the South African armed forces.

Mrs. Chalker

We understand why some young South Africans choose to refuse to do military service, and respect the sincerity of their views. Such decisions are a matter for the individuals concerned. We have no locus to intervene.