HC Deb 11 June 1940 vol 361 c1130
45. Mr. Ellis Smith

asked the Prime Minister whether he will consider awarding a special British medal to all men and women who went to the assistance of Belgium by land, air and sea and who also took part in the Dunkirk evacuation; and, if so, whether the medal will be presented to British, French and Belgian allied men?

The Lord Privy Seal (Mr. Attlee)

The question of instituting a British medal for war service will be considered in due course. Awards of decorations and medals for gallantry and for good service are already made from time to time and special services rendered since the invasion of Belgium will be dealt with in accordance with the usual practice.

Mr. Glenvil Hall

Will the Government see that this time the decorations always go to the men who have done the fighting, and not to those behind the lines?

Mr. Attlee

I will bear my hon. Friend's point in mind.

Mr. Loftus

Would my right hon. Friend consider allowing the small ships concerned to fly a special flag in commemoration of their action?

Mr. Attlee

I will consider that suggestion.