HC Deb 03 July 1918 vol 107 c1712
46. General CROFT

asked the Prime Minister how many male recipients of the Order of the British Empire are under military age; and whether he will give an undertaking that in future this Order is not extended to those who are unwilling or unable to serve their country in the field?

The SECRETARY of STATE for the HOME DEPARTMENT (Sir George Cave)

My right hon. Friend has asked me to reply to this question. The answer to both parts of the question is in the negative. There is, I believe, no foundation for the suggestion that the honour has been conferred on any person unwilling to serve his country in the field. It has, of course, been conferred on many who by reason of age or sex are unable to do so.