HC Deb 05 April 1946 vol 421 cc246-7W
Colonel Wheatley

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will consider recommending some special recognition of those members of the C.D. services who joined before the war and served through to the end.

Mr. Ede:

As the hon. and gallant Member may know, a similar suggestion was made in favour of members of the Territorial Army who joined before the outbreak of war. My right hon. Friend the Prime Minister informed the hon. and gallant Member for Lewes (Major Beamish) on the 23rd August last, that the creation of a special emblem in that case would be bound to give rise to many difficulties and it was not proposed to recommend this addition to the series of distinctions already instituted for war service. I cannot, therefore, consider the suggested special recognition for the prewar volunteers in the Civil Defence Services.