Prison Service: Medals

House of Lords written question – answered on 15th March 2011.

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Photo of Lord Ashcroft Lord Ashcroft Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the eligibility criteria for a long service medal in the prison service.

Photo of Lord McNally Lord McNally Deputy Leader of the House of Lords, The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice, Liberal Democrat Leader in the House of Lords

All full-time and part-time serving staff who are employed on operational duties in the prison services of the United Kingdom and who have the necessary qualifying service are eligible for the Prison Service's (operational duties) long service and good conduct medal.

The medal will be available to eligible staff who were in service in an operational grade on or after 29 April 2008, including staff who have since retired, and who have not previously been awarded the Imperial Service Medal.

The qualifying service for the award is 20 years' continuous meritorious full or part-time operational service, or an aggregate of 20 years' continuous full and part-time operational service, completed by or after 29 April 2008.

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