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Conscientious Objectors (Appeals)

Volume 446: debated on Tuesday 27 January 1948

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asked the Minister of Labour if he is aware that a conscientious objector who appeals against the rejection of his application for military exemption and yet is willing to accept alternative work of national importance, may serve the major portion of a six months' sentence of imprisonment because of the infrequent meeting of the Appellate Tribunal; and whether appellate tribunals will meet less infrequently.

My hon. Friend has written about an individual case, which is not typical, and I have explained the circumstances in full. All possible steps will be taken to ensure that appeals in this kind of case are disposed of as quickly as practicable.