13. Lieut.-Colonel Sir F. HALL
asked the Secretary of State for War whether he is aware that in the early days of the War a large number of men offered themselves for general service with the Colours, and at each attempt were refused as medically unfit; that in August, 1916, a scheme was put forward by the administration of the War Office whereby men, who had previously been rejected, could present themselves for re-examination and, if acceptable, subsequent enlistment; and whether, considering that such men evinced their willingness to serve their country at an early date after the outbreak of hostilities, he is prepared to consider their claim to demobilisation on the same lines as those laid down for the release of Derby men?
§ Mr. CHURCHILL
The procedure set out in the Memorandum recently published was only decided upon after very careful consideration, as the beet method of releasing men and mitigating hardships. I regret, therefore, that I am unable to entertain my hon. and gallant Friend's suggestion.