§ MR. C. COLSTON (Gloucester, Thornbury)
I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for War will he explain why warrant officers who attain that rank before completing eighteen years' service are not qualified by regulation to receive a good conduct medal, although they may subsequently serve the required number of years; whether men who have received the medal before being promoted warrant officers are allowed to continue to wear it after attaining that rank; and whether he can see his way to remove this inequality, as the possession of a good conduct medal is of great value to men in search of civil employment after quitting the Army?
§ MR. BRODRICK
The military authorities regard the holding of warrant rank as being in itself a testimony of good service and good conduct superior to any evidence afforded by a good service medal. It is not proposed to make any change in the regulations.