§ Mr. Speed
This issue has been raised with my Department on several occasions in recent months. Although I am conscious of the vital contribution made to the war effort by those who served in the Arctic convoys, I cannot agree that the recognition given to them has been inadequate or that a new award should be introduced.
The Government of the day, recognising that awards for all the campaigns 426W and operations involving British Servicemen in World War II would have involved a very large number of separate medals being struck, decided that they would follow tradition and preserve the value of the country's awards by limiting their number. To this end a small number of basic campaign stars were struck, each covering a wide geographical area. Service in Arctic waters was covered by the Atlantic Star.
Those who devised the system of campaign awards in the immediate post-war years did so in full awareness of the conditions which existed in all the theatres of war. I do not believe there are grounds for reversing this judgment.