HC Deb 26 March 2004 vol 419 c1080W
Bob Spink

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make it his policy to promote the establishment of a memorial to the UK's post-1945 National Servicemen.[162874]

Mr. Caplin

The Ministry of Defence receives many requests from individuals, ex-Servicemen's groups and charitable organisations seeking assistance with various projects. The vast majority have worthy goals and can make an equally compelling case for support. It will therefore continue to be our policy not to promote any specific projects, such as that advocated by the hon. Member, as it would be divisive and open to criticism from unsuccessful applicants, if the Government were to pick and choose which to support.

A memorial dedicated to all National Servicemen was unveiled last year at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire.