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Garrison, Gilbraltar (Somerset And Cornwall Light Infantry)

Volume 649: debated on Monday 13 November 1961

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asked the Secretary of State for War what complaints he has received concerning the accommodation provided for the 1st Battalion of the Somerset and Cornwall Light Infantry garrison, stationed at Gibraltar; and whether he is satisfied that there is an adequate fresh water supply and individual locker accommodation for each soldier.

AwardsBenefits
First World WarSecond World War
Victoria CrossAs from 1st August, 1959, all holders of Victoria Cross receive a special pension of£100 a year.
Other Ranks only
Military CrossA gratuity of£20 on promotion to a commission or on discharge, with an additional gratuity of£20 for each bar, or 6d. a day addition to any pension awarded.
Military MedalNo monetary award.As for Distinguished Conduct Medal.
Meritorious Service Medal.If awarded for gallant conduct deemed to merit additional pension, an addition of 6d. a day to pension.Not awarded for gallant conduct.
Distinguished Service MedalNo monetary award.As for Distinguished Conduct Medal.
Distinguished Flying Medal.Not introduced.Army other rank recipients — as for Distinguished Conduct Medal.
Conspicuous Gallantry Medal (Flying).Not introduced.Army other rank recipients — as for Distinguished Conduct Medal.
Conspicuous Gallantry Medal (Naval).Chief Petty Officers, Petty Officers and equivalent ranks in Royal Marines — an annuity of up to£20 (£10 usually paid).Army other rank recipients — as for Distinguished Conduct Medal.
Ratings and ranks below Petty Officer — a gratuity of£20 on promotion to a commission or on discharge.

I have received no complaints. It is generally recognised that these old barracks are not up to modern standards. Work on their replacement is due to begin next year. I understand that there has been a general shortage of fresh water in Gibraltar, but that the supply has now been restored. Every man now has a locker to himself.

asked the Secretary of State for War how many bug-infested mattresses provided for the use of the men of the 1st Battalion of the Somerset and Cornwall Light Infantry garrison, Gibraltar, have had to be destroyed.

None; some had to be cleaned. The unit has now been issued with new foam mattresses.