HC Deb 01 March 1898 vol 54 cc292-3
MR. A. M. BROOKFIELD (Sussex, Rye)

I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for War whether it is the case that candidates for commissions in the Army are liable, by existing regulations, to be rejected on medical grounds after they have otherwise passed their examination; and, whether, in view of the disappointment and years of useless study that may thus be involved, he will consider the desirability of sanctioning a preliminary medical examination of candidates for commissions in the Army upon their paying a fee?


The whole conditions as to the medical fitness required are published; and any candidate can, at any period of his training, ascertain by reference to a civil practitioner if he satisfies them. But the Secretary of State is willing to consider whether arrangements cannot be made for a preliminary examination by a Medical Board in the case of candidates who may desire such an examination.