Discharged Personnel (Silver Badge).

Oral Answers to Questions — Royal Air Force. – in the House of Commons on 21st January 1942.

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Photo of Mr Frederick Bellenger Mr Frederick Bellenger , Bassetlaw

asked the Secretary of State for Air whether he is aware that officers and other ranks, who have served on active service in the present war and have, subsequently, been discharged owing to medical unfitness or ill-health, but have not been granted a pension, are not eligible to receive a silver badge for services rendered issued through the Ministry of Pensions; and, in view of this inequality, whether he will take steps to deal with the matter?

Photo of Sir Archibald Sinclair Sir Archibald Sinclair , Caithness and Sutherland

I have nothing to add to the reply given by my right hon. Friend the Lord Privy Seal to my hon. Friend the Member for East Birkenhead (Mr. Graham White) on 7th August last.

Photo of Mr Frederick Bellenger Mr Frederick Bellenger , Bassetlaw

As this is a matter which very specially concerns the right hon. Gentleman's Department, does he not think it an unfair discrimination to say that men discharged from the Service and unable to prove their case for pension should be denied the silver badge? Will he reconsider this matter and make some representations to the Minister of Pensions?

Photo of Sir Archibald Sinclair Sir Archibald Sinclair , Caithness and Sutherland

I do not think it is unfair. It does concern my Department, but it also concerns both the other Service Departments, and the Lord Privy Seal, in the answer to which I referred the hon. Member, gave the decision which had been arrived at by all the three Service Departments.

Photo of Mr James Milner Mr James Milner , Leeds South East

Can the right hon. Gentleman say what was the practice in the last war?