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Territorial Army (War Medals)

Volume 463: debated on Tuesday 5 April 1949

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asked the Secretary of State for War for what reason Territorial Army personnel taking part in recruiting demonstrations with their units are not allowed to wear war medals on these occasions.

A new instruction about the wearing of medals is to be published in the course of the next month or two which will require medals to be worn on ceremonial parades. At present it is necessary to obtain special permission to wear medals; this permission has been given freely and on a number of occasions which might be regarded as recruiting demonstrations.

Will the right hon. Gentleman agree that from the recruiting point of view it is desirable that those who have served in the last war or the 1914–18 war should wear their medals in order to add a little colour to what is in fact a recruiting display?

I am fully in sympathy with the hon. Gentleman in this matter and that is why I have said that a new instruction will shortly be published.