HC Deb 10 May 1916 vol 82 cc645-6

asked the Under-Secretary for War if he is aware that a man named J. Rickett, a native of Quendon, Essex, has been accepted and enrolled for military service in spite of the fact that the authorities have been warned by the rector of the parish and others that Rickett is mentally deficient, that there are several cases of lunacy in his family, and that he may become dangerous; and will he say what steps have been or will be taken to investigate the local representations with regard to the man referred to?


If, as the hon. Gentleman suggests, the responsible local military and medical authorities were warned that Rickett was mentally deficient, I feel sure that steps must have been taken to investigate these reports. The hon. Member's question contains no statement that the representations were not investigated, and I do not think there is any primâ facie case for any action on my part.