HC Deb 27 February 1940 vol 357 cc1886-7
63. Mr. R. C. Morrison

asked the Secretary of State for War how many men have been passed A1 for service and discharged or reduced to a lower category on medical grounds within three months of being called up; and whether he is satisfied that the medical examination is being carried out efficiently?

Mr. Stanley

I regret that the information asked for in the first part of the Question is not available. I know of no reason to question the efficiency of the medical examinations which are being carried out.

Mr. Morrison

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that Members of Parliament have received particulars of a considerable number of cases of men who have been accepted for service and in a few weeks have been turned down on medical grounds, proving that the examinations must have been rather superficial?

Mr. Stanley

There certainly are some cases, although, as I have no doubt the hon. Member will agree, they are all immediately investigated and the matter is put right. I cannot say that the number of cases is such as to call into question the efficiency, in general, of the examinations.

Mr. McGovern

Will Tommy Farr get a pension?