SIR JOHN HAY
said, he would beg to ask the First Lord of the Admiralty, Why the Medals for service in New Zealand have not been issued to the Officers and Men of the Navy employed on that service in a similar manner to that in which the Officers and Men of the Army were employed, and who have for some months been wearing this decoration?
§ MR. BAXTER
The delay, Sir, in issuing the medals in question arose from a difficulty experienced in obtaining correct lists from the ships' books; but all the names were last month sent to the Mint, and the first instalment of medals for distribution was received at the Admiralty on Saturday. I may add that, in this instance, it was natural that the Army medals should be distributed first; but the general question of the order of distribution requires looking into, as previous complaints have been made on the subject.