Oral Answers to Questions — Conscientious Objectors (Land Work).

– in the House of Commons on 17th July 1941.

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Photo of General Sir George Jeffreys General Sir George Jeffreys , Petersfield

asked the Minister of Labour whether refusal by a conscientious objector to work on the land as a condition of exemption from military service is accepted as a valid objection by the appeals tribunals?

Photo of Mr Ernest Bevin Mr Ernest Bevin , Wandsworth Central

It is for the tribunal to lay down the condition of exemption after considering anything that the conscientious objector has to say. If he is dissatisfied, it is open to him to appeal to the Appellate Tribunal.

Photo of General Sir George Jeffreys General Sir George Jeffreys , Petersfield

Is my right hon. Friend aware that in a recent case a conscientious objector stated that he had no objection to tilling the soil as such, but that he was not willing to do it as a condition, and that his appeal was allowed?

Photo of Mr Ernest Bevin Mr Ernest Bevin , Wandsworth Central

I will look into the case.