HC Deb 03 March 1953 vol 512 c169
13. Mr. Dodds

asked the Secretary of State for War how many Army personnel were engaged in flood relief work; and what action is being taken to show in a practical way the nation's appreciation of the work they performed under trying conditions.

Mr. Head

At the peak more than 11,000 men were directly employed on flood relief work. Damaged clothing and equipment are being replaced without charge and as far as possible loss of leave caused by these duties is being made good. Individuals who have rendered specially meritorious service will be considered for recommendation for the appropriate awards.

Colonel Gomme-Duncan

Is my right hon. Friend aware that the Services, including the Army in particular, do not look for public recognition for doing their job, which they are very pleased to do on behalf of the country?

Mr. Dodds

The hon. and gallant Member should ask some of them, and they would give him the right answer.