asked the Secretary of State for War if he is aware that men over 40 years of age are frequently compelled to do physical training and undertake long marches with men of 18 and 19 years of age, often with disastrous effects to their health; and, will he take steps to prevent this.
Sir J. GriÄ£Ä£:
At primary training establishments, where all entries into the Army are posted for the first six weeks of their training, special tables of physical training have been drawn up for men over 35 years of age. The basic tests carried out in the final week are graded according to the age of the recruit, and each individual test is graded according to the man's progress. For men over 44, the tests are voluntary. I should be grateful to my hon. Friend if lie would forward me particulars of specific cases which have come to his notice. I should be very surprised if the facts would support any such wide gencralisation as is contained in the Question.