HC Deb 22 November 1951 vol 494 c82W
76. Major Beamish

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he is aware that disappointment has been caused by the poor quality both of the metal and finish of the campaign stars issued for service during the 1939–45 war; and if he will investigate this question with a view to ensuring that all stars or medals issued in future are made of suitable metals and are of a higher standard of workmanship.

Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

Over 8,000,000 campaign stars have been issued for the 1939–45 War and the number of complaints about their finish is negligible. The alloy used was bronze which is traditional for awards of this character. Every effort will continue to be made to ensure that the finish of such stars is the best possible having regard to the numbers required and the time available for manufacture. If, however, the hon. Member has in mind any particular examples of poor quality perhaps he would get in touch with me.