§ MAJOR RASCH (Essex, S.E.)
On behalf of the honourable and gallant Member for Cheltenham I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for War whether his attention has been called to the sudden death of a specially enlisted recruit, on Friday last, on parade at Windsor; whether this recruit was passed by a civilian doctor or a duly qualified member of the Army Medical Staff; and whether he will cause a special inquiry to be made into this case so as to avoid, if possible, such weak and diseased men being again admitted into Her Majesty's Service.
MR. POWELL WILLIAMS
Yes, Sir. My attention has been called to the death of Private Higson, of the Scots Guards. He was passed by a duly-qualified officer of the Royal Army Medical Corps. A full inquiry into his case is now in progress.
§ MAJOR RASCH
Are these specially-enlisted recruits men under 5ft. 3in. in height, 32in. chest measurement, and 9½st. in weight, of whom some 70 per cent. of the new recruits consist?