Boxer's Application.

Oral Answers to Questions — Military Service. – in the House of Commons on 26th March 1942.

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Photo of Mr Robert Morrison Mr Robert Morrison , Tottenham North

asked the Minister of Labour whether he is aware that Tommy Farr, the boxer, since being invalided out of the Royal Air Force, has tried four times to get back into the Services; that he can prove his physical fitness; and whether his request to join one of the Fighting Services will now be granted?

Photo of Mr Ernest Bevin Mr Ernest Bevin , Wandsworth Central

The answer to-the first and second parts of the Question is in the negative. If he applies to re-join the Services as a volunteer, the decision will rest with the Service Department concerned.

Photo of Mr Robert Morrison Mr Robert Morrison , Tottenham North

Has the right hon. Gentleman seen a public interview which this gentleman gave, in which he said that he was now in better condition that he had ever been and could fight 50 Germans, and that he had applied four times to go into the Army, the Navy or the Air Force, without success?

Photo of Mr Ernest Bevin Mr Ernest Bevin , Wandsworth Central

It is a settled policy, to which I propose to adhere strictly, that once a person is discharged from the Services for medical reasons, I, as Minister of Labour and National Service, do not propose to conscript him again. If he volunteers, it is open to the Services to accept him or not.

Photo of Mr Evelyn Walkden Mr Evelyn Walkden , Doncaster

Has my right hon. Friend any information as to whether this man has actually volunteered four times? Is it not all bluff?