Conscientious Objectors (Appeals).

Oral Answers to Questions — Military Service. – in the House of Commons on 30th July 1942.

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Photo of Mr Rhys Davies Mr Rhys Davies , Westhoughton

asked the Minister of Labour whether he will give figures showing the results to 30th June of appeals made to conscientious objectors' tribunals under Section 5 of the National Service (Armed Forces) Act, 1941, by men imprisoned for failing to submit to medical examination; why three divisions of the Appellate Tribunal have each granted recognition to less than half the appellants while the other three divisions have each recognised three-quarters or more; and whether this indicates a geographical distribution of conscientious objection or the need for greater uniformity in dealing with the men concerned?

Photo of Mr Ernest Bevin Mr Ernest Bevin , Wandsworth Central

As the statement giving the statistics desired consists of a Table of figures I will circulate it, if I may, in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

The Appellate Tribunal is an independent judicial, authority, and I am not prepared to speculate as to the reasons for the different proportions of appeals allowed.

Following is the statement:

Applications under Section 5 of the N.S. (No. 2) Act, 1941.
Division of the Appellate Tribunal.No. of applications heard up to 30 June, 1942.Previous order varied by the Appellate Tribunal.
Southern England No. 1.151127
Southern England No. 2.17586
Southern England No. 3.11993
Northern England12359