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Civil Defence Services (Badges)

Volume 388: debated on Thursday 22 April 1943

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asked the Home Secretary whether he will consider the advisability of having issued small stripes to be placed on the base of the right-hand sleeves of their uniform denoting each year of service in Civil Defence, formerly air-raid precautions, similar to those issued to the members of the National Fire Service?

I have already considered the advisability of introducing a system of long service badges for the local authority Civil Defence Services and have concluded that there is insufficient justification for it at this time. The same applies to the National Fire Service for which no system of long service badges has been approved. I am aware that some members of the National Fire Service, continuing a local pre-nationalisation practice, wear long service stripes which have been authorised locally, but I am not in favour of any extension of this practice.