Oral Answers to Questions — Gallantry (Civil Awards).

– in the House of Commons on 5th August 1942.

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Photo of Mrs Mavis Tate Mrs Mavis Tate , Frome

asked the Prime Minister whether he will in future recommend that civil awards should be made according to the merit of the service rendered without regard to the rank or age of the recipient?

Photo of Mr Clement Attlee Mr Clement Attlee , Stepney Limehouse

Gallantry awards such as the George Cross, the George Medal and Commendation are made without regard to rank or age. I do not consider that it would be practicable entirely to dissociate rank or status from selection for recommendation for appointment to the various Classes of the Orders. The achievement of a certain status is often in itself meritorious. Age alone is not a criterion, but length of exceptionally good service must often be an important factor in making recommendations.