Korea (Campaign Medal)

Oral Answers to Questions — Civil Aviation – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 2nd May 1951.

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Photo of Mr Cuthbert Alport Mr Cuthbert Alport , Colchester 12:00 am, 2nd May 1951

asked the Prime Minister whether he is now prepared to make a statement with regard to the issue of a campaign medal to those who have served or are serving with British Forces in Korea.

Photo of Mr Emanuel Shinwell Mr Emanuel Shinwell , Easington

I have been asked to reply. I would refer the hon. Member to the reply which my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister gave on 5th March to the hon. and learned Member for Richmond, Surrey (Sir G. Harvie-Watt). There is a proposal afoot for the issue of a United Nations medal for the Korean campaign and my right hon. Friend is informed that tenders for the manufacture of the ribbon have been already invited in this and other countries. In the circumstances, gallantly though our Forces have borne themselves in the operations, it would appear to be unwise to consider recommending at the present time the institution of a British award in addition.

Photo of Mr George Drayson Mr George Drayson , Skipton

As the Minister said that tenders have been invited for the manufacture of this ribbon, can he say what colours the ribbon will be?

Photo of Mr Emanuel Shinwell Mr Emanuel Shinwell , Easington

I have no information about the colour.

Photo of Mr George Drayson Mr George Drayson , Skipton

Has consideration been given to the question of permitting troops in Korea to wear a shoulder flash displaying the word "Korea "?

Photo of Mr Emanuel Shinwell Mr Emanuel Shinwell , Easington

That has been under consideration, but I think we must await the issue of this proposed medal before coming to a decision.

Lieut.-Commander Gurney Braith-waite:

As the matter has gone thus far, can the right hon. Gentleman tell us whether this medal will be struck and manufactured in this country; and whether all those who have participated in the Korean campaign, including those who have been withdrawn, will qualify for the issue?

Photo of Mr Emanuel Shinwell Mr Emanuel Shinwell , Easington

As I have said, tenders have been invited for the production of the ribbon, and presumably the medal, in this and other countries.

Photo of Mr Emanuel Shinwell Mr Emanuel Shinwell , Easington

The hon. Member ought not to be so foolish. We should never dream of asking China to tender for the production of a United Nations medal. That is the sort of foolish observation we expect from the hon. Member. I have now forgotten the second part of the hon. and gallant Gentleman's supplementary question.

Photo of Lieut-Commander Joseph Braithwaite Lieut-Commander Joseph Braithwaite , Bristol North West

It was whether all those who have served in Korea from the inception of the campaign, including those who have since been relieved, will qualify?

Photo of Mr Emanuel Shinwell Mr Emanuel Shinwell , Easington

I imagine that no one who has been in the operations in the Korean campaign will be excluded.

Photo of Major Guy Lloyd Major Guy Lloyd , Renfrewshire East

Can the right hon. Gentleman give us an assurance that the design and colour of the ribbon will not be referred to the United Nations for a decision?

Photo of Mr Emanuel Shinwell Mr Emanuel Shinwell , Easington

I should imagine that the United Nations ought to be consulted in a matter of this sort.