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Religious Situation, Russia (Intercessory Prayers)

Volume 236: debated on Tuesday 4 March 1930

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asked the Secretary of State for War the reason for the instructions which have been issued restricting or forbidding the attendance of any member of the War Office staff at any of the services of intercession called by the Archbishop of Canterbury on the subject of the persecution of religious bodies or persons in Russia?

Orders have been issued which make it clear that no compulsion to attend such services is to be exercised. These instructions apply only to persons under military orders. Both civilian and military personnel are free to attend in a voluntary way any service they wish to attend.