§ Mr. Touche
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he is aware that in some cases there has been a delay of a year in granting long service medals to special constables in Surrey and that such special constables have been informed that their service entitling them to a bar for this medal only counts from the date of the receipt of the medal and not from the date of entitlement and, consequently, any service between the date of entitlement and the date of the receipt of the medal is disregarded for this purpose; and will he take steps to remove this anomaly.
§ Mr. H. Morrison
The conditions of the award of the Special Constabulary Long Service Medal are that the special constable has served without pay for the necessary qualifying period and has been recommended by the chief officer of police. A bar to the medal is awarded upon the completion of ten years' service after the original award. I am aware that in some cases recommendations for the award of the medal have not reached the Department for a considerable time after the end of the qualifying period, but in 2411W view of the terms of the Warrant I am unable in such cases to make the award from an earlier date.