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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 10:33 am on 27th February 2014.

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Photo of Andrew Lansley Andrew Lansley The Leader of the House of Commons 10:33 am, 27th February 2014

The Government, like my hon. Friend, recognise the great sacrifices made by all members of the armed services past and present. He referred to Sir John Holmes, whom the Prime Minister appointed to carry out a review of the rules and principles governing the award of military campaign medals. The first recommendations on recognition were for those serving on the Atlantic convoys, in Bomber Command and during the Yangtze incident, which were announced by the Prime Minister on 19 December 2012. Sir John continues to work on further campaigns and the broader policy behind the five-year and the double medalling rules.

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Dave Butler
Posted on 28 Feb 2014 11:45 am (Report this annotation)

There has already been communication stating that that the Holmes review is complete and has been passed to the cabinet office, a statement was promised by the end of this Month (February). It would appear that this is misinformation yet again.

Dave Butler
Posted on 28 Feb 2014 12:54 pm (Report this annotation)

Announced by the PM in Parliament 19/12/2012:


On the issue of medals, which has gone on for a very long time, I am delighted to be able to tell the House that we have reached a resolution. I asked Sir John to conduct a review not just of medals in general but specifically of one of the most important cases. He has completed his work and I thank him for what he has done.

Tony M
Posted on 28 Feb 2014 6:31 pm (Report this annotation)

Francis Maude (The Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General; Horsham, Conservative) (Citation: HC Deb, 18 November 2013, c794W)

Sir John Holmes is continuing his work on military medals. The Committee on the Grant of Honours, Decorations and Medals (‘HD Committee’) will meet early in the new year to discuss his further recommendations.

In fact this meeting did take place in January 2014, so it appears Mr Lansley is either woefully out of touch, or failing to live up to the Governments own 'Transparency' agenda..... You decide.