§ Mr. Storey
asked the Secretary of State for War whether he has any information about the use by Italy of the services of blind persons on aircraft sound location work on account of their directional sense of hearing being more acute than that of sighted persons; and whether he will consider giving blind persons in this country the opportunity of undertaking similar work?
§ Sir V. Warrender
I have no authoritative information regarding the use by Italy of the services of blind persons on aircraft sound location work, but tests have been made in this country, as a result of which it was found that blind persons could not be recommended for such duties. In present conditions, listening members of a searchlight detachment are required to perform other duties which necessitate the use of their eyes.