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[F1(1)]The Minister shall so exercise his discretion in selecting persons for . . . F2 facilities under section fifteen of this Act at any time while it appears to him that they cannot for the time being be provided for all persons in need of them, . . . F2 as to secure that, so far as consistent with the efficient exercise of his powers, preference shall be given to persons . . . F3who have served whole time in the armed forces of the Crown or in the merchant navy or the mercantile marine . . . F4 . . . F5[F6and whose disability is due to that service.
(2)For the purposes of subsection (1) of this section, a disabled person’s disability shall be treated as due to service of a particular kind only in such circumstances as may be prescribed.]
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