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Clasps (Issue)

Volume 155: debated on Wednesday 21 June 1922

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asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty what is the cause of the delay in issuing the clasps which are due to be awarded in accordance with Fleet Order No. 2,051?

Owing to the urgent need for economy which has arisen since the announcement referred to by my hon. and gallant Friend, it has been found necessary to suspend action in this matter.

Does the right hon. Gentleman really mean that from motives of economy, these officers are to be deprived of the bars of their medals?

It is not a question of depriving, but the work of settling all the clasps takes a great deal of time, and involves the employment of a very considerable staff.

Are they justified in wearing bars on the miniatures, which they purchase at their own cost?

Perhaps the hon. and gallant Gentleman will give me notice of that question.

When will the clasps be issued—in six months, a year, or five years, or when?

Are we to understand that the issue is merely postponed, or postponed sine die?