§ Mr. Raffan
asked the Secretary of State for Defence how large the backlog of applications is for 1939–45 war medals; and how quickly he expects this to be cleared.
§ Mr. Stanley
The present backlog of applications for 1939–45 war campaign stars and medals is some 11,000; it was some 18,750 2½years ago. It is hoped that this rate of improvement will be maintained so that by the end of 1984 applications will normally be dealt with in four weeks.