§ 4. Captain Viscount CURZON
asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty how far the distribution of the War medals to the officers and men of the Royal Navy and Royal Naval Reserves entitled thereto have proceeded; and when it is anticipated that it will be completed?
§ 7. Lieut.-Colonel Sir S. HOARE
asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty what progress has been made with the distribution of the general service and victory medals to men of the Royal Navy; and when is it hoped that the distribution will be completed?
§ The PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY to the ADMIRALTY (Mr. Amery)
The distribution of the 1914 Star to officers and men of the Royal Navy and Royal Naval Reserves is now practically complete, and the 1914–15 Star has been issued to those still serving. The British War medal and the Victor medal are now being issued to those still serving who have received a star. It is not possible at present to give a definite date when the distribution of the whole of the War medals will be completed.
§ Viscount CURZON
Will the right hon. Gentleman use his influence to accelerate the distribution of War medals generally to the officers and men in the Royal Navy and Royal Naval Reserves who are en- 1338 titled to them, because there has already been great delay and dissatisfaction, accordingly?
§ Mr. AMERY
We are trying to accelerate the distribution as much as possible, and we hope to have the whole issue out by the end of the financial year. With the existing staff we cannot do more than a certain amount of distribution in a given time.
§ Major Sir B. FALLE
Is the distribution automatic, or has each man to apply?