§ MAJOR RASCH (Essex, S.E.)
I beg to ask the Financial Secretary to the War Office whether he will consider the hardship of withholding long service medals from wan-ant officers, inasmuch as a non-commissioned officer of 18 years' service can apply for the medal, but a warrant officer of 17 years' service is not entitled to it although senior in rank?
MR. POWELL - WILLIAMS
The medal is a testimony of good conduct as well as of long service; and upon the latter point I think I cannot do better than read to my hon. Friend the words 383 of a recent minute of the Adjutant-General, viz.:—It would not be right, we think, to raise any question of rewarding a warrant officer for good conduct, because the fact of his holding the warrant raises him above the suspicion of bad conduct.