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Written Ministerial Statements — House of Lords: Military Medals (29 July 2014)

Baroness Stowell of Beeston: The Prime Minister appointed Sir John Holmes in April 2012 to conduct an independent review of the policy governing the award of military medals. He issued his report in July 2012, which concluded that the existing guiding principles were reasonably based but that there should be greater readiness to review past decisions. Sir John was therefore commissioned to review independently a number...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Military Decorations (23 June 2014)

Lord Wallace of Saltaire: Sir John Holmes was invited to undertake further work to implement the recommendations set out in his Military Medals Review, published on 17 July 2012. This included a review of the case for some form of National Defence Medal, to recognise all military service. Work on this has begun, but – as Sir John noted in his report of July 2012 – the National Defence Medal is an issue of...

Junction 10A: A14 (17 June 2014)

Robert Goodwill: ...(Mr Hollobone) on securing this debate on junction 10A of the A14. I also congratulate him on his tenacity in continuing to raise the issue. With his concluding remarks, I think he gets the gold medal for buttering up Ministers. I know the subject is of great importance to my hon. Friend, who has long campaigned for improvements to the strategic roads in his constituency. I very much...

Written Answers — Defence: Military Medals Review (17 June 2014)

Gareth Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many officials in his Department are working on the independent medal review by Sir John Holmes; and if he will make a statement.

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Military Medals Review (16 June 2014)

Gareth Thomas: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) if he will place in the Library the terms of reference of the independent medal review by Sir John Holmes; and if he will make a statement; (2) when the Sir John Holmes independent medal review began; when that review is due to be completed; whether any preliminary reports from that review (a) have been published and (b) are due to be...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Topical Questions (12 May 2014)

Anna Soubry: ...entire nation should have enormous admiration and respect for the contributions made by our RAF crewmen during the second world war. Such matters are part of Sir John Holmes’s continuing military medals review, which is independent of the Ministry of Defence. He is aware that those who flew on bombing missions with other elements of the RAF outside Bomber Command have made a case for...

Scottish Parliament: Scotland: A Good Global Citizen (1 April 2014)

Siobhan McMahon: ...rights and assisting victims of the Colombian conflict. In December 2003, he led the negotiations that resulted in the release of foreign tourists who were held hostage by ELN guerrillas. In 2012, he received the liberty medal from the Mexican embassy in Colombia in recognition of his work to strengthen democracy and human rights in Colombia. At the Parliament event, Monsignor Héctor...

Written Ministerial Statements — Treasury: Royal Mint Advisory Committee (27 March 2014)

Nicky Morgan: ...for Norwich North (Chloe Smith), the then Economic Secretary, announced to Parliament, through a written ministerial statement, Official Report, column 107WS, the commencement of a triennial review for the Royal Mint advisory committee on the design of coins, medals, seals and decorations. I am now pleased to announce the completion of the review. The advisory committee was established in...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Sporting Facilities for People with Disabilities and Special Needs (25 March 2014)

Cathal Ó hOisín: ..., but the reality on the ground has been less tangible.  The CAL Committee met with elite disabled athletes like Jason Smyth on our visit to the Sports Institute in Jordanstown, and we saw the role played by the institute in the gold medal success of Kelly Gallagher recently.  However, elite athletes, disabled or otherwise, are the exception rather than the rule.  Many more...

[Sir Edward Leigh in the Chair] — NHS Funding (Ageing) (25 March 2014)

Therese Coffey: ...top line things were running fine. The trust was hitting its targets and financially it was very good. It was trying to get foundation trust status, and the chief executive was awarded the Queen’s ambulance service medal. However, at the heart of things, the NHS relied on the meeting of targets, and forgot about patients. As a consequence, elderly people with broken hips waited for...

Business of the House (20 March 2014)

Gareth Thomas: ...has terminal cancer. He flew some 33 Wellington bomber missions from an Italian airbase during the second world war. Sir John Holmes is investigating the possibility of recognition in the form of a medal clasp, but that review is not likely to be completed until the end of the year. Given the circumstances of my constituent, might the right hon. Gentleman explore with the MOD whether that...

Olympic and Paralympic Legacy Committee — Motion to Take Note (19 March 2014) See 2 other results from this debate

Baroness Grey-Thompson: ...the moment, we are consigning these sports to little chance of international success. David Owen, the journalist mentioned by the noble Lord, Lord Moynihan, has been vocal about this—he tweeted this evening that we should, “think about medallists, not just medals”. Team sports can create many role models but bring in only one medal. I think that the current view is...

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Military Medals Review (13 March 2014)

James Wharton: ...for the Cabinet Office (1) when the Honours and Decorations Committee last met to consider the recommendations put forward by Sir John Holmes regarding the rules for the awarding of military medals; (2) when the Honours and Decorations Committee's report from its last meeting to consider the recommendations of Sir John Holmes will go forward for final approval.

Written Answers — Defence: Military Decorations: World War II (11 March 2014)

Andrew Murrison: As part of his independent medal review, Sir John Holmes recommended that the aircrews of Bomber Command should be awarded a clasp similar to that established for the Fighter Command aircrew who were awarded a Battle of Britain clasp. Additionally, Sir John Holmes is now considering whether the clasp should be extended to aircrew that flew on bomber aircraft from European airbases. The review...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Armed Forces: Medals (3 March 2014)

Lord Astor of Hever: In his independent Medal Review, Sir John Holmes concluded that the aircrew of Bomber Command had been treated inconsistently with those who served in Fighter Command. The award of the clasp to Bomber Command aircrew to be worn on the 1939-45 Star brings this Command into line with Fighter Command aircrew who were awarded a Battle of Britain clasp. The position regarding Bomber Command ground...

Business of the House (27 February 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

John Glen: In July 2012, Sir John Holmes carried out an independent review of the national defence medal for the Cabinet Office. Since then, my constituent, Tony Morland, has been waiting patiently for the outcome. Will the Leader of the House make time for a Defence Minister to report to the House on progress so that Mr Morland will stop e-mailing me?

Written Ministerial Statements — House of Lords: Sport: Legacies (24 February 2014)

Lord Gardiner of Kimble: ...before (2.7m). The number of women playing sport has also increased (by 55,000) over the last six months. Elite Sport Elite Funding In February, UK Sport will publish the results of the Annual Investment Reviews of summer Olympic and Paralympic sports. UK Sport continues to track their progress towards Rio 2016. The Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games take place in February and...

Written Ministerial Statements — Culture Media and Sport: Sporting Legacy (13 February 2014)

Helen Grant: ...before—2.7 million). The number of women playing sport has also increased by 55,000 over the last six months. Elite Sport Elite Funding In February, UK Sport will publish the results of the annual investment reviews of summer Olympic and Paralympic sports. UK Sport continues to track their progress towards Rio 2016. The Sochi 2014 winter Olympic and Paralympic games take place in...

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Military Decorations (18 November 2013)

Charles Kennedy: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office when he expects to receive the report of Sir John Holmes’ independent review of military medal arrangements; and if he will make a statement.

Written Answers — Defence: Military Decorations (12 November 2013)

Anna Soubry: The qualification period for the General Service Medal Clasp Cyprus is one of a number of issues that is being considered further by Sir John Holmes’ independent medal review. As this is an independent review it is not possible for me to pre-empt the outcome.

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