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Compulsory Church Parades

Volume 416: debated on Thursday 12 April 1945

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asked the Secretary of State for War under which provision of King's Regulations has a commanding officer the power to compel men detailed for church parade to attend divine service.

Will my right hon. Friend consider revising this order, and is he aware that the great party which he represents has always been against this enforced religious observance?

That would be a matter for consideration later on, but as the law is I cannot interfere.

Are we to take it from this Question and answer that, contrary to the situation in the earthly sphere, the supply of celestial transport is greater than the demand?

Will my right hon. Friend bear in mind, in reconsidering this matter, that the mingling of patriotism, discipline and church is resented by many people with extremely sincere religious convictions?