§ SIR A. ACLAND-HOOD (Somerset, Wellington)
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for War whether it is intended to issue the India Frontier Medal to the troops engaged in the Waziri Expedition of 1881; and whether this medal has been given to troops engaged in expeditions of a less important character both prior to and since the Waziri Expedition in 1881?
§ THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR INDIA (Mr. H. H. FOWLER,) Wolverhampton, E.
My right hon. Friend has asked me to answer this question. There is no intention of issuing the India Medal to the troops engaged in the Waziri Expedition of 1881. The question of giving or not giving a medal is decided at the close of a campaign. I 672 am not able to say whether the expedition of 1881 was of greater or less importance than the expeditions before or since that date for which the India Medal has been given.
§ SIR A. ACLAND-HOOD
Is it not a fact that in many cases the medal has not been issued till 15 years after the close of a campaign?
§ MR. H. H. FOWLER
I am not aware of that. I am informed the decision is arrived at immediately after the close of a campaign.