§ MR. EUGENE WASON) (Clackmannan and Kinross
To ask the Secretary of State for War whether, in view of the increased stringency of the requirements for Volunteer efficiency, he will consider the advisability of granting the Volunteer long service medal for ten years service, instead of twenty as now, and granting a bar or clasp for every further period of five years service; and whether he would be willing to change the colour of the present ribbon attached to this medal from its present shade of dark green, either by the insertion of a white stripe in the present ribbon, or by replacing it altogether by one of a brighter and more attractive hue.
(Answered by Mr. Secretary Brodrick. I do not think the multiplication of medals proposed in the Question would tend to raise their value in the eyes of the Volunteer Force, and no proposal has been made to the War Office to alter the colour of the present ribbon. I therefore think it would be inexpedient to adopt the suggestions put forward in the Question. c