Armed Forces: Medals
House of Lords
Lord Hennessy of Nympsfield (Crossbench)
To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to awarding a medal to those members of the Royal Navy Submarine Service who undertook deterrent and special operational patrols during and after the Cold War.
Lord Astor of Hever (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Defence; Conservative)
The Ministry of Defence recognises that some former service personnel, including those who served during the Cold War period, feel that their service has not been appropriately recognised.
While it has been the policy of successive Governments not to award a medal simply for service, we have agreed that there should be a fresh review of the rules governing the award of military medals. This will be conducted by an independent reviewer with full consultation with interested parties. It will make use of all of the work already undertaken as a part of the Ministry of Defence's earlier review but will have a broader scope and an independent lead. The scope of the review and who is to lead it are expected to be announced shortly.