§ 26. Mr. David Watkins
asked the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the refusal of the application to re-enlist in the Regular Army of Mr. T. E. Charlton, about which the hon. Member for Consett has corresponded with the Under-Secretary of State for Defence for the Army.
§ Mr. Hayhoe
Mr. Charlton left the Army at his own request on 27 July 1979 after nine years' service with the Royal Corps of Signals, during which time he reached the rank of corporal and qualified as a combat radioman, class 1. He applied subsequently to re-enlist in his previous employment, but unfortunately could not be accepted because there was not then any suitable vacancy for him in his own trade.