§ 98. Mr. Foot
asked the First Lord of the Admiralty why Mr. F. D. Vodden, an employee of the Devonport Dockyard, was invalided from the dockyard despite the fact that the senior medical officer had declared he was fit for light work; and what precedent exists in the past five years of an employee, with as much as 18 years' service in the dockyard, being discharged in similar circumstances.
§ Mr. Digby
Mr. Vodden was found medically unfit for the normal duties of his grade and capable only of light duty for an indefinite period. Light work within his capacity was not available, and it was therefore unfortunately necessary 51W to invalid him. Men of even longer service have unavoidably been invalided in the past in similar circumstances.