HC Deb 01 December 1926 vol 200 cc1177-8

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether a naval rating, brought to survey before a naval medical Board composed entirely of medical officers and invalided by that Board, is under present Regulations able to state his case or appeal against the decision to an executive authority before being discharged from the Royal Navy?


A naval rating who is brought to survey is provided with a form upon which he may state his case. This statement is considered by the Board of Survey and forwarded with their report to the executive authority who ordered the survey. The invaliding of the rating does not become effective until 28 days after the decision on the recommendation of the medical Board and the interval therefore affords an opportunity to the rating to appeal to the executive authority.

Vice-Admiral Sir REGINALD HALL

Is my right hon. Friend aware that the old procedure, which gave the man the opportunity of Personally stating his case, was keenly appreciated by the men?


I believe there is a representation coming up from the Welfare Committee on the subject in a few days. We shall certainly consider fully that point with others that are raised.