National Defence Medal

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Defence – in the House of Commons at 2:30 pm on 12th January 2015.

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Photo of Anna Soubry Anna Soubry The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence 2:30 pm, 12th January 2015

We absolutely recognise and pay handsome tribute to our veterans. There is no better example of that than the military covenant and all that it stands for. The fact that so many people are signing up to it—businesses, all our local authorities and so on—demonstrates that the understanding of the great sacrifices made by our veterans in their service and by their families has never been higher in the public’s imagination.

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Dave Butler
Posted on 13 Jan 2015 7:42 pm (Report this annotation)

But not well enough thought of as to be passed into law, lip service only.

John Proffitt, Chairman, British Airborne Forces Bureau (Commonwealth Veterans Association)
Posted on 14 Jan 2015 12:20 am (Report this annotation)

The fact is since 1945 thousands of our service men and women died with no recognition while carrying out defence service for United Kingdom at home or on foreign land. Many thousands have died after leaving the service and were not acknowledged in medallic form by the government or the reigning monarch.

The minister and the nation needs to pay tribute to the thousands of service men and women that are still alive today by recognising their defence service to United Kingdom. Award them a National Defence Medal.

Alan McNeilly
Posted on 21 Mar 2015 10:43 am (Report this annotation)

If as the Minister states the nation understands the "great sacrifices made by our veterans in their service and by their families has never been higher in the public’s imagination." why then is the government and the MOD attempting to block the progress of the National Defence Medal Bill at every turn? Why did the government oppose the very bill that David Cameron and Nick Clegg said several years ago they fully supported and why have the rank and file of the party been whipped in silence? The 2nd review of the awards system is as flawed as the 1st and can be seen as little more than a paper exercise.

Is it not true that your failure to support the bill is based on cost, and a flawed estimate at that? The award of this medal aims to put right 60 years of the neglect of the Armed Services by all governments. HM the Queen has already given Royal Approval for the issue of similar medals to Canada, Australia and New Zealand service personnel, yet this government as with all past governments have since 1945 ignore those whose service allows this nation to enjoy its freedom.

I say shame on you Minister and shame on your party colleagues for failing to support the bill. The cost involved is but a drop in the ocean when compared to the cost paid by our veterans.