Annual statistics for England and Wales of applicants rejected for this reason are not available but the figure for the Metropolitan Police for the first three months of this year was less than 1 per cent. The Police Advisory Board Working Party on Manpower last year considered the minimum medical standards for recruits to the police service but made no recommendation about colour blindness.
Is my hon. and learned Friend aware that some of the applicants who have been rejected because of colour blindness are beginning to have doubts about it? I have experienced some of that, and I am beginning to have doubts as well.
I understand that my hon. Friend was concerned with two Scottish cases, which are a matter for my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Scotland. But one of those cases, I think, concerned the question of whether someone could distinguish red and green in all lights, and it is rather important for a traffic policeman to know the difference between red and green.