HC Deb 22 December 1916 vol 88 cc1815-6

asked the President of the Board of Trade, in view of the fact that silver war badges are being granted to those who have served in His Majesty's naval forces since 4th August, 1914, and whose service has been terminated on account of wounds or on account of physical infirmity for winch they are hot themselves directly responsible, and that there is no provision at present for the granting of special war badges for officers and men of the merchant service who may be permanently incapacitated from following their employment owing to wounds or other injury arising out of the War, whether steps will now be taken to issue a silver or other badge in cases of this kind?


I am afraid that I cannot say more than that the matter is still under consideration.


Is the hon. Gentleman aware that his predecessor at the Board of Trade stated, in answer to questions two months ago, that the matter would be considered at once.


I have looked through the papers, and I am aware of that fact.