§ Mr. SMALLWOOD
asked the Under-Secretary of State for War if he is aware that Private Arthur Smith, No. 273270, Labour Corps, was discharged from the Army as medically unfit on the 8th September, 1916; that on the 12th September, 1027W 1917, he was medically examined under the Military Service (Review of Exceptions) Act, 1917, and was classified for service B2; that he was then and there handed a calling-up notice to report for service at the Labour Unit Depot, Peckham, at 9 a.m. on the 13th September; that on the 12th September he lodged an appeal at the Islington Local Tribunal on his medical certificate, which stated that he was suffering from pulmonary emphysema and cardiac dilation of the heart; that he was arrested on the 16th September and taken under escort as an absentee to Peckham, where he has since been up to the present time; that, following legal proceedings on his behalf, a letter has been written from the War Office, dated the 14th November, stating that instructions were issued on the 16th October, 1917, for the discharge of this man to be carried out; if he is aware that the man is still awaiting his discharge; and if he will cause an inquiry to be made?
§ Mr. MACPHERSON
I am inquiring into this case, and will write to my hon. Friend as soon as I am in a position to do so.