HC Deb 23 March 1944 vol 398 cc1018-9
10. Mr. Bellenger

asked the Minister of Labour what was the average delay between medical examination and call-up in the case of the men who were discharged from the Army during 1943 with less than six months' service.

Mr. Bevin

I regret that to obtain this information would involve a disproportionate amount of time and labour. The normal interval between medical examination and calling up is not more than six to eight weeks. In special circumstances this interval may be longer but instructions are now in force providing that no man shall be called up who has not been medically examined or re-examined within the preceding sax months.

Mr. Bellenger

Does my right hon. Friend realise that the health of men in a lower category than A.1 may well deteriorate within a period of six months, before they are called up? Could he not arrange for a special re-examination nearer to the time of call-up?

Mr. Bevin

I will consider that.