Oral Answers to Questions — Conscientious Objectors (Local Authorities' Employes).

– in the House of Commons on 29th May 1941.

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Photo of Mr George Strauss Mr George Strauss , Lambeth North

asked the Minister of Labour whether, in view of the continued refusal of a number of local authorities to accept the Government's view as to the undesirability of dismissing or persecuting men in their employ who have exercised the right granted to them by Parliament to register as conscientious objectors, he will make some further statement on the matter?

Photo of Mr Ernest Bevin Mr Ernest Bevin , Wandsworth Central

I do not feel that I can usefully add anything to the statements already made on behalf of His Majesty's Government, but no doubt this further Question by my hon. Friend and my Reply will assist in giving publicity to the matter. No recent cases have been brought to my notice.

Photo of Mr George Strauss Mr George Strauss , Lambeth North

Is my right hon. Friend aware that in some quarters the position is actually getting worse? The County Council of the West Riding of Yorkshire recently asked the heads of institutions to report to them the names of people who are believed to be conscientious objectors but have not yet registered as such.

Photo of Mr Ernest Bevin Mr Ernest Bevin , Wandsworth Central

If my hon. Friend will send me particulars, I will take the matter up with the councils concerned.