HC Deb 10 July 1957 vol 573 c377
43. Mr. H. Hynd

asked the Secretary of State for War whether it will be compulsory under his Regulations for a soldier who served one day ashore in Egypt in November or December last year to wear the medal which is being issued in that connection.

Mr. John Hare

The wearing of medals may be ordered on occasions which are prescribed in the Queen's Regulations for the Army.

Mr. H. Hynd

Does the Minister realise that some soldiers who have won decorations for honourable and gallant service will resent having to wear a medal to show that they were in Egypt, or were off-shore, for one day during the discreditable attack on Suez?

Mr. Hare

I cannot begin to accept what the hon. Member has said, and I do not think that it is at all worthy of him. Irrespective of what he or I may think of the Suez issue, these medals were issued in recognition of the gallantry and devotion of the men taking part in that operation.

Dame Irene Ward

Will my right hon. Friend tell hon. Members opposite that their views are not acceptable to the men and women in this country who served, loyally and faithfully, the cause of their country?