HC Deb 11 June 1997 vol 295 c482W
Ms Walley

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what representations he has received from ex-national service men regarding recognition for their role between 1947 and 1963; and if he will make a statement. [2142]

Mr. Spellar

The Ministry of Defence has received and replied to in excess of 50 representations from ex-National Servicemen, particularly through their constituency MPs, on a variety of subjects relating to their service to the Nation in the post-war years.

Their concerns have included the provision of a memorial to those who performed National Service, the institution of a new medal, pensions, and the formation of a Veterans' Affairs Unit.

On memorials, I have indicated that in the event that funding by private donation or public subscription for a memorial were to be found, my Department would be happy to assist in identifying a suitable site and to provide representation at any dedication ceremony.

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