HC Deb 01 February 1955 vol 536 cc96-7W
106. Mr. Swingler

asked the Minister of Labour to state for the years 1952, 1953, and for the period of 1954 for which figures are available, the proportions of men eligible for military service at 18 years of age who were conscientious objectors, found medically unfit, exempt for occupational reasons, and granted deferment of call-up, respectively.

Category Count on 13th April, 1953, of 1934 age class (registered in 1952) Count on 5th April, 1954, of 1935 age class (registered in December, 1952, and in 1953) Count on 18th October, 1954, of first half of 1936 age class (registered in December, 1953, and in 1954)
Percentage Percentage Percentage
Conscientious objectors 0.2 0.2 0.2
Medically unfit 10.5 11.4 11.0
Deferred on industrial grounds (coal mining, agriculture and merchant navy) 8.3 8.3 9.1
Deferred for training as students, apprentices, etc. 29.0 31.2 31.9

NOTE.—The percentage of medically unfit represents the "unfits" among those who had already been medically examined, in relation to the total number in the age class.