Medical Category C.

Oral Answers to Questions — British Army. – in the House of Commons on 16th December 1941.

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Photo of Mr Frederick Bellenger Mr Frederick Bellenger , Bassetlaw

asked the Secretary of State for War whether soldiers in medical category C can be discharged to take up civil occupations, in view of their uncertain value to the Army under active service conditions?

Photo of Mr David Margesson Mr David Margesson , Rugby

Many soldiers of medical category C are at present performing useful service in the Army by freeing men of higher categories for more active duties, and in view of the present manpower situation, I could not agree to automatic discharge in all such cases. Where, however, application is made for the release of an individual for work of national importance, the soldier's medical category is naturally taken into account in deciding whether release should be authorised.

Photo of Mr Frederick Bellenger Mr Frederick Bellenger , Bassetlaw

Does that Answer imply that where a man has been doing really valuable service as a civilian before he was called up, and has been graded in category C when he joined the Forces and is doing a comparatively insignificant job, there is no possibility of releasing him to carry on with his civilian duties?

Photo of Mr David Margesson Mr David Margesson , Rugby

I do not accept the term "comparatively insignificant job."