HC Deb 28 September 1939 vol 351 cc1513-4W
Mr. Parker

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he will consider the advisability of removing the distinction between officers and non-commissioned officers and privates in the granting to officers of the Distinguished Service Order and the Military Cross and to privates of the Distinguished Service Medal and the Military Medal, thus bringing the practice in the British Army into line with that of the French Army, in which there are no class distinctions in the granting of military decorations?

Mr. Hore-Belisha

The ranks eligiblefor awards of the D.S.O., M.C., D.C.M.and M.M. are set out in the Statutes and Warrants of the distinctions in question.

They are:

D.S.O: Officers.

M.C.: Officers not above the rank of Captain and warrant officers.

D.C.M.: Warrant officers, non commissioned Officers and men.

M.M.: Warrant officers, non-Commissioned Officers and men and women.

The experience of the last war did not suggest that the principles on which the honours in question were awarded required any change.