HC Deb 08 June 1944 vol 400 cc1485-6
6. Lieut.-Commander Hutchison

asked the Minister of Labour whether he will institute a compulsory medical examination for men who are directed into the Home Guard.

Mr. Bevin

No, Sir. There are adequate arrangements for securing that men who object to enrolment on medical grounds should be examined, or, if necessary, re-examined, by a Medical Board.

Lieut.-Commander Hutchison

Is the Minister aware that a great many of the men who are directed to the Home Guard are unaware of their rights in this matter?

Mr. Bevin

I cannot believe that to be true, because they are told, when called up, what their rights are.

13. Lieut.-Commander Hutchison

asked the Minister of Pensions the approximate number of disability and dependants' pensions which have been paid in respect of members of the Home Guard since its inception.

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Pensions (Mr. Paling)

Up to 1st April last rather more than 1,100 disability and dependants' pensions had been granted to or in respect of members of the Home Guard.

Lieut.-Commander Hutchison

Does the Minister not think that this shows the need for a stricter medical examination before these men are taken into the Home Guard?