Military Service (Fitness Standard).

Oral Answers to Questions — Post-War Reconstruction. – in the House of Commons on 3rd February 1942.

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Photo of Sir Frederick Messer Sir Frederick Messer , Tottenham South

asked the Minister of Labour whether he is aware of the feelings of disquiet being aroused by the passing of physically unfit men for service in the Army; whether there is any minimum standard; and what is the method adopted in arriving at it?

Photo of Mr George Tomlinson Mr George Tomlinson , Farnworth

While cases of physical or mental unfitness cannot invariably be detected, the medical boards do not, in general, pass men who are unfit for service, and I am not aware of any grounds for disquiet. The standards applied and the methods employed by the boards are contained in a Code of instructions agreed with the Service Departments and approved by the Medical Advisory Committee. I am having a copy of this Code in its latest form placed in the Library.

Photo of Sir Frederick Messer Sir Frederick Messer , Tottenham South

Would it not be advisable for men who claim to be unfit for service to have the right to go before an independant medical tribunal, for there are undoubtedly cases of great hardship?

Photo of Mr George Tomlinson Mr George Tomlinson , Farnworth

I will put that matter to my right hon. Friend.