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?
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.||151||127|
|Southern England No. 2.||175||86|
|Southern England No. 3.||119||93|