HC Deb 09 June 1943 vol 390 cc713-4
45. Mr. Ellis Smith

asked the Prime Minister whether consideration has been given to the need for the issue of chevrons to indicate service overseas, medals for service in big engagements, and some indication to signify that men or women have been wounded on service; and can he now make a statement on this matter making it applicable to all Services?

46. Squadron-Leader Fleming

asked the Prime Minister whether, when consideration is given to the question of issuing medals and chevrons for service overseas, he will remember the great number of personnel in the Armed Forces who are detained in the United Kingdom on highly necessary work instead of being sent or permitted to proceed overseas; and will he consider granting recognition of their services at the same time?

The Deputy Prime Minister (Mr. Attlee)

The matter is under consideration, and I am not yet in a position to add anything to the reply which I gave to my hon. Friend the Member for Stoke (Mr. Ellis Smith) on 26th May.

Mr. Smith

Will my right hon. Friend bear in mind that the Government have had ample time to consider this? In view of the great service rendered by our people in the Armed Forces throughout the world, has not the time arrived when it should be recognised?

Mr. Attlee

We are pursuing the question very closely. It is an extremely complicated matter.