HC Deb 12 May 1958 vol 588 cc28-9
56. Mr. Swingler

asked the Minister of Supply why men who have been accepted as fit to serve in the Army are being rejected on medical grounds at Radway Green Royal Ordnance factory.

The Minister of Supply (Mr. Aubrey Jones)

Men seeking employment have to satisfy the factory medical authorities that they are fully fit to do the work which is available. My hon. Friend has already written to the hon. Member about a particular case which he submitted.

Mr. Swingler

Is the Minister aware that that Answer is most unsatisfactory? Is he aware that I submitted to his hon. Friend the case of a young man, who is considered perfectly fit today, who, after two years' service in the Army, came out most anxious to work in the Ordnance Factory and produced an excellent record of his Army service but was turned down? Is he aware that this is regarded as grossly unfair?

Mr. Jones

I am aware of that case. The job in question was one on certain machine work. The man was found to have defective eyesight, and the defect could not be cured by glasses. He was therefore considered to be unsuitable for the job which was available.