HC Deb 17 December 1959 vol 615 c1650
54. Mr. Kershaw

asked the Prime Minister what general service medal it is proposed to award to troops who were engaged in recent operations in the territories of the Sultan of Oman and when.

The Prime Minister

I am afraid that I cannot yet add to the reply which I gave to my hon. and gallant Friend the Member for Lewes (Colonel Beamish) on 18th November.

Mr. Kershaw

When coming to his decision in due course, will my right hon. Friend have regard not only to the purely military considerations of the matter but bear in mind that this was an arduous as well as an expert campaign, that a number of casualties were suffered, and that a number of awards for gallantry were made? Will he bear in mind that the earlier the decision the more welcome it will be to the troops who took part?

The Prime Minister

Yes, I am well aware of that, and I am sure we all share admiration of the work of the troops both in this particular operation and generally throughout the Peninsula.