HC Deb 07 March 1940 vol 358 cc577-8W
Mr. G. Strauss

asked the Secretary of State for War whether, in view of the heavy responsibility devolving on medical officers of health should air attacks take place, he will free such officers who are on the Reserve of the Royal Army Medical Corps from their obligation to serve with His Majesty's Forces; and, in particular, will he free Dr. Thompson, the medical officer of health for the borough of Lambeth, from this obligation?

Mr. Stanley

At the request of my right hon. Friend the Minister of Health, a number of medical officers of health were, at the beginning of the war, either released from their military obligations or granted a temporary postponement of their liability to recall to Army service. Among the latter was Major Thompson, and in his case a further period of postponement is now under consideration.