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Kosher Cook, Brighton (Training Call-Up)

Volume 531: debated on Tuesday 27 July 1954

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asked the Secretary of State for War whether, in view of the protests and appeals made to him by the Chief Rabbi of Brighton, the Jewish Ex-Servicemen's Association and the London head offices of the British Travel Association, he will now reconsider his decision concerning the calling up of Mr. Webber, a kosher cook of the Beach Hotel, Brighton, for annual training over the August Bank Holiday; and whether he will defer the date till later in the year, or since, in spite of the publicity of this case over many weeks and the efforts made by the hotel owner, an alternative kosher cook has not been found for this period, he will, at least, let Mr. Webber remain at the hotel for one of the two weeks, preferably the Bank Holiday week.

No. My right hon. Friend gave most careful consideration to this case before deciding that Mr. Webber must go to camp.