§ Mr. D. SOMERVILLE
asked the Secretary of State for War whether he will indicate the chief causes of rejection of recruits in this country in 1936?
A number of applicants are, of course, rejected on sight by recruiting officers as unsuitable because below the prescribed physical standard or for other reasons, but records of such rejections are not maintained. Of recruits who were examined but rejected for medical reasons in 1935, the main grounds for rejections, with percentages, are as follow:
I regret that figures for 1936 are you not yet available.
Diseases of the middle ear (including deafness) 4.872 Loss or decay of many teeth 4.429 Defects of the lower extremities 2.741 Defective vision 2.263 Diseases of the heart (other than valvular) 1.969 Insufficient weight 1.708 Flat feet 1.664 Valvular disease of the heart 1.581