HC Deb 05 March 1951 vol 485 cc26-7
45. Sir George Harvie-Watt

asked the Prime Minister whether he has yet reached any decision about the issue of a medal and ribbon for the campaign in Korea.

The Prime Minister (Mr. Attlee)

No, Sir. It is not customary to come to a decision on a matter of this kind at so early a stage in a campaign, but it will be considered in due course.

Sir G. Harvie-Watt

Does the right hon. Gentleman not think that at this stage of the campaign it would be a great encouragement to the British soldiers fighting in Korea if an award of this kind were now made?

The Prime Minister

Awards for gallantry, and so on, are made, but it has never been the custom to decide on a general campaign medal at so early a stage. I think it is better left a little sort can be weighed with other campaigns.

Sir G. Harvie-Watt

It has been going on for nearly nine months.

Mr. Martin Lindsay

Is the Prime Minister aware, when he says that awards for gallantry are made, that only two awards have been made to other ranks?

Mr. Speaker

We are dealing with medals and not awards.

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