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Thursday, 5 December 1974

Mr Bourchier asked the Minister for Defence, upon notice:

(   1 ) Is it a fact that former members of the Armed Forces, now on the Retired List, have been included in the Defence Reserve.

(2)   If so, does this mean that persons beyond the age limit for service can and will be called on for service.

(3)   Can he say whether a recent request to a member of the Reserve for duty was directed to a 92 year old veteran of the Retired List.

(4)   What was the numerical strength of the Reserve before and after the inclusion of the Retired List.

(5)   How many persons under 23 years of age were rejected for service on the basis of failing the medical examination during each of the last 3 years.

Mr Barnard - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   No.

(2)   Not applicable.

(3)   The Services have no knowledge of any request for duty being directed to a person on the Retired List.

(4)   Strengths of Defence Reserves at September 1974 are set out below:


Reserves comprise Emergency Reserves of each Service and Citizen Forces. As indicated in ( 1 ) above, persons on Retired Lists are not included.

(5)   Statistics of medical rejections by age of applicant are not currently kept for management purposes and would involve a massive manual search of records which I do not feel would be justified. Total medical rejections covering all categories of entry to the Services were:

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