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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

I certainly pay tribute to the work that has been done by my right hon. Friend’s constituent. I am sure that it is helpful in any event. There has been an independent review, however. Sir John Holmes has made his recommendation, and I am bound by the arguments that he has advanced against what my right hon. Friend is suggesting. I am not actually sure that the veteran community would agree with my right hon. Friend, but I am always willing to listen and if he wants to come and have a chat with me, I would welcome that.

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Alan McNeilly
Posted on 22 Mar 2015 9:51 pm (Report this annotation)

The Minister for State is wrong. Sir John Holmes stated that their was a case to be answered for the National Defence Medal and this was not considered in any depth in the 2nd review. In fact it is clear from what has come to light that the Government had already set their store against such a medal and the 2nd review was little more than a paper exercise to sign off on it.