Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign Medals and Orders

– in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 17th April 1967.

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Photo of Sir John Langford-Holt Sir John Langford-Holt , Shrewsbury 12:00 am, 17th April 1967

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs in view of the misunderstanding and resentment which exists in European countries because of the rule that medals and orders presented to British citizens by the heads of foreign States may not normally be worn by the recipients, whether he will now advise that these regulations be amended.

Photo of Mr William Rodgers Mr William Rodgers , Stockton-on-Tees

I have nothing to add to the reply I gave to the hon. Member for Liverpool, Wavertree (Mr. Tilney) on 27th February on this subject. [Vol. 742, c. 14.]

Photo of Sir John Langford-Holt Sir John Langford-Holt , Shrewsbury

Can the hon. Gentleman say that an inquiry is under way, or has the policy changed since Mr. Macmillan told me that an inquiry was under way—in 1952, I think it was: and that the regulations are being reviewed?

Photo of Mr William Rodgers Mr William Rodgers , Stockton-on-Tees

I said the other day that we were considering whether some change would be justified. That is precisely what we are doing.