§ MR. C. B. HARMSWORTH (Worcestershire, Droitwich)
To ask the Secretary of State for War whether, in view of the enhanced value likely to be placed upon the Volunteer officers' 1639 decoration and the Volunteer long-service medal, he will take steps to secure. that officers, non-commissioned officers, and men who have transferred from the Volunteer Force to the Territorial Army receive the Volunteer officers' decoration or the Volunteer long-service medal in lieu of the corresponding decoration and medal instituted for the Territorial Army, provided that the officers, non-commissioned officers, and men fulfil the conditions of service which governed the Volunteer decoration and the Volunteer long-service medal.
(Answered by Mr. Secretary Haldane.) In view of the fact that the conditions attached to the grant of the Territorial decoration and efficiency medal are more stringent than those formerly called for in respect to the Volunteer rewards, I cannot concur in the opinion expressed by my hon. friend as regards the latter, and I am not prepared to take the steps suggested in the Question.