§ MR. H. O. ARNOLD-FORSTER (Belfast, W.)
I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for War whether, of the Reservists offering themselves for re-engagement, a large number have been rejected as unfit for service with the Colours; whether the proportion of rejections has been in some districts as high as 25 per cent., and in one case over 40 per cent., of the number of men offering themselves; and whether the War Office has in any case sanctioned the retention in the Reserve of soldiers who have been rejected as medically unfit; and, if so, on what grounds the country is to pay 6d. a day to men who have been certified as unfit to render the service for which the money is paid?
THE UNDER SECRETARY OF STATE FOR WAR (Mr. W. ST. JOHN BRODRICK,) Surrey, Guildford
A return up to the 31st March, showing the particulars required in the Question, has been called for from the several districts. When the information has been received the Secretary of State will consider what action should be taken.