Oral Answers to Questions — Ex-Service Men and Merchant Seamen (Badge).

– in the House of Commons on 19th May 1942.

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Photo of Mr Frederick Bellenger Mr Frederick Bellenger , Bassetlaw

asked the Prime Minister whether he is now able to indicate whether a badge, of suitable design, can be issued to ail ex-Servicemen and merchant seamen who are not otherwise eligible for a badge under present regulations?

Photo of Mr Clement Attlee Mr Clement Attlee , Stepney Limehouse

I hope before very long to be in a position to make a statement.

Photo of Mr Frederick Bellenger Mr Frederick Bellenger , Bassetlaw

In view of the delay that has taken place and my right hon. Friend's answer last week, can he now give more specific information as to when he will be able to give a definite answer?

Photo of Mr Clement Attlee Mr Clement Attlee , Stepney Limehouse

Ministers are being consulted on this question, but I am afraid it must be a matter of a few weeks before we can get a decision.

Mr. Davidson:

Will the right hon. Gentleman keep in mind the position of these men with regard to their badges, and that these badges should allow them entry into Service canteens?