HC Deb 22 March 1955 vol 538 cc167-8W
78. Mr. Sorensen

asked the Secretary of State for War, in view of the instances of men discharged on grounds of physical defect during the past five years being subsequently called up for National Service, what action he is taking in conjunction with the other authorities responsible to prevent this.

Mr. F. Maclean

None. Men between 18 and 26 years of age who are medically fit for National Service are required under the National Service Acts to do two years full-time and three and a half years part-time National Service. Those who undertake Regular engagements and are prematurely discharged on medical grounds because they fall below the standard required by the Arm in which they are serving may count time served after the age of 17½years towards their National Service liability. Although a man may be unfit for Regular service in the Arm of his choice, he may be fit to fulfil his National Service liability elsewhere in the Army, in which case he will be called upon to do so to satisfy the requirements of the National Service Acts.