HC Deb 28 February 1939 vol 344 cc1095-6W
Mr. McEntee

asked the Secretary of State for War what number of men applied to enlist in the Army for the 12 months to the latest available date; what percentage were rejected on medical grounds; and what was the percentage of the applicants for enlistment rejected on the ground of defective vision?

Sir V. Warrender

Of the 61,552 applicants to enlist into the Regular Army during the year ended 31st December, 1938, 12.25 Per cent. were rejected by examining medical officers. The percent- age of the total number of applicants who were rejected on the ground of defective vision was 1.96 during the 12 months ended 30th September, 1938, which is the latest date to which figures relating to the causes of medical rejection are available.