§ Mr. MILDMAY
asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether, seeing that satisfactory service in the Royal Navy and afterwards in the Royal Naval Reserve for a combined period of twenty-one years is qualification for the receipt of the long-service and good-conduct medal, he will consider the possibility of providing that service for a similar combined period in the Royal Marines and Royal Fleet Reserve should carry with it a similar qualification?
I think the hon. Member is under a misapprehension. There is no authority in existing regulations for the award of the good conduct medal for combined service in the Navy and Royal Naval Reserve, except in the case of the R.N.R. men transferred to the Coastguard, who may count Coastguard service as qualifying for the R.N.R. long-service and good conduct medal. It is not proposed to vary the regulations in the manner suggested.