§ Mr. Trippier
asked the Secretary of State for Defence whether he will take steps to revise the monetary benefits associated with the award of the long service and good conduct medal and the meritorious service medal.
§ Mr. Goodhart
The gratuity and additional allowance associated with the long service and good conduct medal and the annuity associated with the meritorious service medal are paid at rates fixed over 70 years ago. These benefits are no longer relevant in today's pay and retirement conditions for members of the Armed Forces. It has, therefore, been decided that they should be abolished for future recipients of these medals from 1 April 1981. Certain reserved rights will be honoured.