HC Deb 11 December 1945 vol 417 cc209-10
35. Colonel J. R. H. Hutchison

asked the Secretary of State for War whether any King's medals for courage arid associated medals have yet been awarded to French men and women who aided our nationals during the German occupation.

Mr. Lawson

A list of recommendations for various awards, including the King's Medal for Courage in the cause of freedom, is now with the French Government, and we await their reply. Some awards other than the medal named have already been granted.

Colonel Hutchison

In view of the time which it has taken to reach this stage, may I ask the Minister whether we must anticipate an equivalent lapse of time before these awards are finally made; and will he expedite the matter, because it is of real value between the two nationals?

Mr. Lawson

I take note of the point and benefit by it.

Air-Commodore Harvey

Could other countries, such as Holland and Belgium, be considered broadly in this list of decorations?

Mr. Lawson

I shall have to see that Question on the Paper.