HC Deb 22 March 1938 vol 333 c977
18. Mr. C. S. Taylor

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he is aware that Mr. L. G. Taylor, of the 1st Boys Battery, Royal Artillery, was physically fit when he entered the Army in September, 1936, and was discharged solely because he developed flat feet; and whether, in view of medical evidence that his disability could be cured and that it was caused by wearing too large a size in boots during his period of service, he will investigate this case further with a view to re-admitting this man into the Army?

Mr. Hore-Belisha

Mr. Taylor's flat feet were, I am advised, developed from constitutional causes. My hon. Friend will understand that it would only be possible for the Army to avail itself of Mr. Taylor's services if he came up to the required standard.

Mr. Taylor

In view of the fact that there is medical evidence which shows that these feet were developed from service in the Army, will my right hon. Friend have this man examined again to see whether he is now fit and can be reinstated?

Mr. Hore-Belisha

Mr. Taylor's feet have received a great deal of attention. My hon. Friends asks me whether I would re-admit him to the Army. I can only say that that would depend upon the future condition of Mr. Taylor's feet.

Vice-Admiral Taylor

Could I send the right hon. Gentleman the name of a most excellent bootmaker of the name of Taylor, with whom I have no connection?