HC Deb 20 March 1941 vol 370 c312W
Mr. Gallacher

asked the Minister of Pensions the number of men accepted into the Forces since the outbreak of war and since discharged on medical grounds who have been refused pensions on the grounds that their ailments are in no way due to, nor have been aggravated by, their service in the Forces?

Sir W. Womersley

The records of the Ministry do not classify cases according as they were enlisted on the outbreak of war, or were already in the Forces, or were territorials or reservists. But in all some 27,000 claims have been rejected on the ground that they were neither attributable to nor materially aggravated by service. I am advised that it would not be in the public interest to state the total number of discharges.