19 JUNE 1936, Page 3

There was general concern at the statement of the Prime

Minister in answer to a question on Monday that 35 per cent. of the men desirous of joining the army in England, Scotland, and Wales were rejected on medical grounds. Lady Astor used the opportunity to put forward a plea for the extension of Nursery Schools and made the very pertinent point that " children who attend open-air Nursery Schools are five pounds heavier and half an inch taller than those who do not." The subject of public health came up again in a question by Mr. Lennox Boyd on the subject of nutrition. It was clear from the barrage of supplementaries to the Minister of. Health that followed, several of them from young Conservatives, that improved nutrition will be made a big issue which the Government cannot evade.