§ MR. ARTHUR BROOKFIELD (Sussex, Rye)
I beg to ask the Under-Secretary of State for War whether he is aware that considerable; disappointment prevails at the delay in issuing a medal for the Chitral campaign; whether he can explain the cause of this delay; and whether the Secretary of State for War will make some representation in the proper quarter with a view to hastening the issue of this medal?
§ LORD GEORGE HAMILTON
I greatly regret any disappointment caused by the delay in issuing the Chitral medal. The delay is practically due to a proposal from the Government of India, that in place of a clasp being added to the existing frontier medal an altogether new medal should be struck and issued to note the services of this very successful expedition. This involved the selection and execution of a design—a 1058 necessarily lengthy process. The dies were sent to India on January 1st, and I presume the medals are now being struck.