HC Deb 10 December 1986 vol 107 cc205-6W
Mr. Holt

asked the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make it his policy to provide Dunkirk clasps to the 1939–45 medal for surviving veterans of that event; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Freeman

No. All significant operations and battles of the 1939–45 war were carefully considered by the Committee on the Grant of Honours, Decorations and Medals in 1946. The importance of the Dunkirk operations was recognised by waiving for those involved the normal qualifying period for the 1939–45 star. It has remained the policy since 1946 that no further awards should be introduced in respect of service in the 1939–45 war.