HC Deb 13 December 1961 vol 651 c422
5. Mr. Ginsburg

asked the Minister of Defence how many decorations, excluding campaign stars, were awarded to persons born in Southern Ireland, to citizens of other Commonwealth countries and to citizens of the United Kingdom and Colonies other than United Kingdom citizens, respectively, who served in the Armed Forces of the Crown during the 1939–45 war.

Mr. Amery

I have been asked to reply.

I am sorry, but the records as maintained do not provide the information from which I can answer the hon. Member's Question.

Mr. Ginsburg

Would not the picture of the Commonwealth contribution be outstanding? Did the Minister of Defence make representations along these lines to the Home Secretary at the time when the Commonwealth Immigrants Bill was drafted?

Mr. Amery

More than 100,000 persons were recipients of honours and decorations, and I have no doubt that a high proportion of them came from Commonwealth countries. Of course, this is a factor which the Government have very much in mind in all these matters. I cannot say more than that.