HC Deb 12 March 1941 vol 369 c1285
52. Dr. A. V. Hill

asked the Minister of Supply whether he is aware that men with good scientific qualifications urgently needed for certain special work, whose names have been sent to him, have been rejected solely on the ground that, although British-born, they are not of British descent and whether, in view of the serious shortage of such men, he will arrange that in making appointments loyalty and ability should be considered rather than ancestry?

Sir A. Duncan

It was recently decided to relax the general rule previously applied in the Ministry of Supply that candidates for employment should be British-born and born of British-born parents. I may add that numerous exceptions had already been made in the application of the general rule.