HC Deb 10 April 1946 vol 421 cc1920-1
46. Sir G. Jeffreys

asked the Prime Minister whether there will be a Victory Medal for all the Allies on the same lines as the Victory Medal issued at the end of the 1914–18 war.

The Prime Minister

No suggestion for the institution of an inter-Allied Victory Medal has been received from any Allied Government. In view of the practical difficulties which such a proposal would entail, His Majesty's Government do not contemplate taking any initiative in the matter. I have under consideration the terms of entitlement of United Kingdom Forces to the general awards for service in the war, and I am now awaiting the views of Dominion Governments.

Sir G. Jeffreys

Is the Prime Minister aware that a medal, termed, I understand, a Victory medal, has been issued to American troops on the other side of the Atlantic? Is he also aware that the issue of a medal which would be international to all the Allies would he much better?

The Prime Minister

What is done on the other side of the Atlantic is a matter for the Government there. I have given the reasons why we do not propose to make an advance in this matter ourselves.

Colonel Gomme-Duncan

Will the Prime Minister say why it is more difficult after this war than after the last?

The Prime Minister

That would require considerable dissertation on the difference between the two wars.

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