Discharges Through Ill-Health.

Oral Answers to Questions — Armed Forces. – in the House of Commons on 12th March 1942.

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Photo of Lieut-Colonel Sir Thomas Moore Lieut-Colonel Sir Thomas Moore , Ayr District of Burghs

asked the Minister of Pensions how many men have been discharged from the Army, Navy and Air Force through ill-health not considered due to their war service since 3rd September, 1939?

Photo of Mr Walter Womersley Mr Walter Womersley , Grimsby

I regret that it would not be in the national interest to give this figure.

Photo of Lieut-Colonel Sir Thomas Moore Lieut-Colonel Sir Thomas Moore , Ayr District of Burghs

Have these men who have been discharged an adequate opportunity of appealing to an independent medical tribunal if they desire?

Photo of Mr George Garro-Jones Mr George Garro-Jones , Aberdeen North

Why is it that, when men are discharged owing to wounds received in action, their discharge papers are marked "Ceasing to fulfil Army physical requirements"? Is it feared that if their certificates are properly marked, it will encourage them to apply for pensions?

Photo of Mr Walter Womersley Mr Walter Womersley , Grimsby

That is not a question for me at all.

Photo of Mr George Garro-Jones Mr George Garro-Jones , Aberdeen North

Who has authority to say what goes down on the discharge papers?

Photo of Mr Walter Womersley Mr Walter Womersley , Grimsby

The discharging authority.

Photo of Mr George Garro-Jones Mr George Garro-Jones , Aberdeen North

Will they be properly instructed?