HC Deb 26 June 1956 vol 555 cc21-2W
60. Mr. Sorensen

asked the Minister of Labour what steps are taken to ensure that young men called up for National Service have their full medical reports, including a note of congenital and other defects, transmitted to the military authorities so that they have no need themselves orally to report their defects on arrival for training; and what information he has of men found unfit despite students who have been deferred from National Service during each of the last five years, and the number in each class whom he estimates will be deferred in Scotland from National Service during the current year to the latest convenient future date.

Mr. Iain Macleod

The Answer is as follows:

previous medical certification to the contrary.

Mr. Iain Macleod

All documents concerning a man's National Service medical examination are transmitted to the appropriate Service Department in advance of the man's reporting for duty. As regards the last part of the Question I am advised that the proportion of National Service men who are discharged on medical grounds within a short period after entry to the Army and R.A.F. are 7 and 13 per thousand respectively.