§ 70. Sir CHARLES HENRY
asked the Minister of National Service if he will state, of those medically examined who are within the new age limit as provided by the Military Service Act, 1918, the percentage that has been passed into Grades 1 and 2?
§ Mr. BECK
The percentages of men placed by the medical boards in Grade 1 and in Grade 2 is different in each year of age. A comprehensive percentage covering the whole of the new age period would therefore tend to mislead those interested in the results of the medical examinations, and yet would give information which might be of great value to the enemy. In view of these circumstances, it seems undesirable to publish the information asked for.
§ Sir C. HENRY
Can my hon. Friend state what objection there can be to stating the number of men available; how would it convey information to the enemy?
§ Mr. PRINGLE
But if this information would be misleading, is there any objection to giving misleading information to the enemy?