HC Deb 17 July 1940 vol 363 cc227-8W
Mr. Ralph Etherton

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether he is aware that men with specialised knowledge and experience of considerable potential value for shore appointments in the Navy are being rejected through failure to attain the high standard required in the eyesight test; whether for such shore appointments such high eyesight standard is necessary, and, in view of the consequent loss to the service under the present system and the national emergency and the need for placing men where they may be most useful, whether he will relax the standard of the eyesight test so as to permit the Navy to employ suitable persons for appointment to temporary commissions for service ashore?

Sir V. Warrender

The standard of vision required of a seagoing naval officer is relaxed in the case of officers required for specific shore appointments. If the hon. Member has some particular cases in mind perhaps he will let me have particulars in order that I may look into the matter.