HC Deb 12 November 1945 vol 415 cc1743-4
45. Major Boyd-Carpenter

asked the Prime Minister whether he will consider the provision of a ribbon or clasp to designate service in France and the Low Countries during the campaign of 1939–40 as distinct from the ribbon given for service in the 1944–45 campaign.

The Lord President of the Council (Mr. Herbert Morrison)

I have been asked to reply. Eight Campaign Stars, a Defence Medal and several Emblems have now been instituted for service during hostilities, and it is not proposed to add to these awards in the manner suggested.

Major Boyd-Carpenter

Can the right hon. Gentleman say why the precedent of the last war is not being followed in this war also?

Mr. Morrison

There are many ways in which the comparison between this war and the one before breaks down.

46. Mr. Bowden

asked the Prime Minister if he will consider the awarding of a suitable medal to personnel who have served in the Azores, Iceland and Gibraltar, as service in these areas is not covered by any of the existing awards.

Mr. H. Morrison

The Defence Medal is granted to officers and men of the Forces for service during the war in the Azores, Iceland and Gibraltar, and the time qualification of three years is reduced to one year for such service overseas from the place of residence. Aircrew who have taken part in operations from these bases qualify under the approved rules for the appropriate Campaign Stars.