HC Deb 14 July 1942 vol 381 cc1097-8W
Commander Locker-Lampson

asked the Secretary of State for War in how many cases non-combatant officers have received the Distinguished Service Order; and whether he will ensure that this distinction will only be given to officers who fight and are not upon the staff?

Sir J. Grigg

Since the outbreak of war nine awards of the Distinguished Service Order have been made to non-combatant officers. The statutes of the Distinguished Service Order, as amended in 1931, lay down that it shall be conferred only as a reward for distinguished service in action with the enemy and I can assure him that the standard required is as high to-day as it has ever been.