HC Deb 17 March 1942 vol 378 cc1317-8
33. Captain Sir Ian Fraser

asked the Under-Secretary of State for War whether it is the Government's intention to issue a badge, similar to the "For Services Rendered" badge of the last war, to all ex-Service men when they leave the Armed Forces?

Mr. Sandys

I would refer my hon. and gallant Friend to the answer given by the Prime Minister to my hon. and gallant Friend the Member for Stretford (Flight-Lieutenant Etherton) on 19th February.

Sir I. Fraser

Will my hon. Friend consider that it does cause some heartburning if a man who has to leave the Service on account of age or disability that is not attributable has no record or sign to show that he has served?

Mr. Sandys

The decision was taken in order to enhance the value and character of this badge. In the present war all men and women within certain age limits are obliged to perform national service, and, therefore, it was felt that this badge should be reserved for men who have left the Army as a result of disabilities incurred through their military service.

Mr. McGovern

Will the Department also consider issuing badges to members of the Government who were conscientious objectors in the last war?