HC Deb 26 January 1944 vol 396 cc686-7
49. Mr. Driberg

asked the Prime Minister whether, in reconsidering the terms of the 1939–43 Star award, he will bear in mind the claims of bomb disposal units, many of which have suffered heavy casualties in this country.

Mr. Attlee

I would refer the hon. Member to the reply which my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister gave to him on 22nd September last. This is a matter which it would be proper to raise when the subject is debated.

Mr. Driberg

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that that reply to which he refers does not in fact deal with the specific point of the Question, and will that point be borne in mind?

Mr. Attlee

I am sorry that I could not hear, but all relevant considerations will be borne in mind.

Sir A. Southby

Will my right hon. Friend consider, before the Debate takes place, whether all the difficulties and anomalies which have been shown to exist in the Regulations as at present drawn would not be removed by the award of the 1939–43 Star to all those who served with the colours during those fateful years?