HC Deb 21 June 1939 vol 348 cc2215-6
36. Mr. Gordon Macdonald

asked the Secretary of State for Air how many applications have been made to join the Royal Air Force during the last 12 months, the number accepted, and how many failed to satisfy the medical tests; and the principal causes of such failure?

Sir K. Wood

The total number of applications to join the regular Royal Air Force during the 12 months ended 17th June was 91,447: 41,325 acceptances resulted from these applications, and there were 18,105 rejections on medical grounds. The principal reasons for such rejections were visual defects and physique below the required standard.

Mr. Macdonald

Can the right hon. Gentleman say whether his Department take any action in regard to those rejected on such grounds and try to get the disability removed?

Sir K. Wood

I will inquire.