HC Deb 11 December 1912 vol 45 c427

asked the Secretary to the Admiralty if he is aware that applicants for temporary positions, even of a month's duration, in His Majesty's dockyards have to undergo a medical examination, and that applicants are compelled to stand in a line destitute of clothing; and whether his practice can be discontinued in the case of those applying for short periods of employment, and in all cases be conducted with due regard to decency?


The dockyard regulations require that men entered in the dockyards are to be examined by the medical officer with respect to their physical fitness; in the case of entrants for short periods the examination is required to be only of a general and cursory character. I am not prepared to recommend the discontinuance of the examination. It is certainly our desire that the examination should be carried out in such a way as to avoid all unnecessary indignity. If my hon. Friend will give me the particulars upon which he founds the suggestion to the contrary, I will have inquiry made.