HC Deb 07 August 1914 vol 65 c2162W

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether, in the case of examinations for colour vision, over 52 per cent. of those finally rejected by the lantern test had passed the wool test; whether the wool test is still used; whether 27.9 per cent. of those rejected by the lantern test were found on appeal to be normal sighted; and whether he will consider the advisability of adopting a lantern which will give reliable results?


The number of candidates who failed in colour vision between April 1st and December 31st, 1913, was 287. Of these 139 (or about 48 per cent.) had passed the wool test. Out of ninety-four candidates who had failed in the lantern test at local examinations twenty-six (or 27.7 per cent.) appealed and passed on appeal. One hundred and eighty-nine candidates who had so failed did not appeal. The wool test is still being used, and I see no reason for making any change in the lantern now in use.