HC Deb 08 November 1967 vol 753 c1002
6. Mr. Eadie

asked the Secretary of State for Defence how many holders of the Military Medal in Scotland do not receive a gratuity; and what is their average age.

Mr. Boyden

No records are kept which would give this information.

Mr. Eadie

Would not my hon. Friend agree that we are discussing a diminishing number of people because of the age factor? Will he re-examine this matter and rectify what many people think is a gross injustice?

Mr. Boyden

The administrative cost would not justify the results that would follow, and there would still be considerable anomalies. If any hon. Member has details of cases of hardship I will gladly look at them to see whether there are Army charities or things of that sort which can assist.

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