§ 72. Mr. John Dugdale
asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether sailors serving ashore in places where Army personnel are entitled to the 1939–43 or Africa Stars are themselves entitled to these awards.
§ The Civil Lord of the Admiralty (Captain Pilkington)
Naval personnel appointed or drafted for service ashore or in harbour and who served between the appropriate dates in the areas of operations which qualify the Army are eligible for the 1939–43 or Africa Star under Army rules varied by the priority of award given to the 1939–43 Star in the Navy.
Is my hon. and gallant Friend aware that not one Africa Star has yet been issued to the Navy and that this long delay has caused considerable discontent?
§ Captain Pilkington
I am not aware of that entirely, but my hon. Friend will realise that in the Navy the 1939–43 Star takes precedence over the other medal. That is the cause of the delay.