§ SIR JOHN COLOMB (Great Yarmouth)
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for War whether Army Orders (No. 94, April 1901, and No. 180, August 1901) limit the issue of clasps to troops engaged in active operations in South Africa on or before the 15th July 1901. Whether, under existing regulations, officers and men who fought in South Africa between the 16th July 1901 and the 31st May 1902, inclusive, can only receive the bare medal, the same as has been awarded to certain officers and men who were never in South Africa at all during active operations; and, if so, whether he can give an assurance that steps will be taken to confer a clasp or clasps, upon troops for services rendered in active operations between the 16th July 1901 and the last day of the war, inclusive, to distinguish them from those who saw no fighting.
§ THE SECRETARY OK STATE FOR WAR (Mr. BRODRICK,) Surrey, Guildford
The reply to the first two Questions is in the affirmative. As regards the last Question, a proposal has been made to add one clasp to the medal, but the subject is not yet finally determined.