HC Deb 04 August 1939 vol 350 cc2811-2
10. Mr. Day

asked the Secretary of State for Air the number of applications received for enlistment in the Royal Air Force for the 12 months ended to the last convenient date and the number that were medically examined, found physically fit, and attested?

The Financial Secretary to the War Office (Sir Victor Warrender)

I have been asked to reply. Of a total of 103,652 applicants for the 12 months ended 30th June, 1939, 66,276 were medically examined, 48,167 found physically fit, and 40,113 attested.

Mr. Day

Am I to understand that the remainder were rejected on medical grounds?

Sir V. Warrender

No, Sir. I understand that the difference between the number of those found physically fit and the number actually enlisted was due to cases in which applicants were rejected for other reasons, such as failure in the trade test, or did not proceed with their application.

Mr. Day

Are they notified of the reason for their rejection?

Sir. V. Warrender

I should imagine so.