HC Deb 26 May 1943 vol 389 cc1564-5
36. Molson

asked the Prime Minister whether he is aware that unmarried airmen with four years' and married airmen with three years' service overseas are being drafted back to this country by sea, while soldiers with longer foreign service are not being so drafted back; and whether he will take steps to bring the practice of all three Service Departments into line in this respect in order to avoid discriminatory and preferential treatment?

The Deputy Prime Minister (Mr. Attlee)

Every effort is made to equalize the conditions of service in all the Armed Forces, but in war-time this is difficult to achieve.

Mr. Molson

Are we then to understand that rules found suitable for the R.A.F. are not to be applied to the Army?

Mr. Attlee

I do not think I can add anything to my statement. It is very difficult to achieve exact equality of conditions of service.

Sir Douglas Thomson

Has any effort been made to equalise pay between the Fleet Air Arm and the Royal Air Force?

37. 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 make a statement on this matter making it applicable to all Services?

Mr. Attlee

These questions are under consideration. I am not yet in a position to make a statement.