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Military Decorations

Defence written question – answered on 13th June 2011.

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Photo of Lisa Nandy Lisa Nandy Labour, Wigan

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what representations he has received in favour of recommending the award of a National Defence Medal.

Photo of Andrew Robathan Andrew Robathan The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

To date the Ministry of Defence has received approximately 260 representations from Members of Parliament and the public in support of the institution of a National Defence Medal.

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No4 people think not

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Tony M
Posted on 14 Jun 2011 1:49 pm (Report this annotation)

What does the Minister mean by representations?
The NSVA wrote on behalf of its members, presumably that constitutes 1 representation even though it represents many thousands. I think this is a misleading and rather cynical attempt to give the illusion of minimal support.

The terms of reference for the review stated in an email dated 23/11/2010 11:11 from DCDS PERS_SEC_TRG RES C2, Quote:

The main subject people writ in about is in regard to the National defence Medal.

The Draft Medal Review Document circulated recently for comment Para 5:49 in the words of the MoD said: The potential number of applicants would be huge.

A suggestion that its popularity would be huge, it went on to then say because of the demand the cost would be high. Although the figure quoted were not qualified in any way and hotly disputed.

Posted on 15 Jun 2011 12:26 am (Report this annotation)

The support amongst Veterans, ex-Patriate Veterans, MP's, Military Associations and the general Public is widespread and growing. Attempts to deny this support and ignore the increasing clamour for proper and long overdue recognition by heel draggers within the MoD and elsewhere, will no longer work. Veterans, the vast majority of them, want parity with their contemporaries all around the world and rightly so! The NDM and the Covenant, which itself highlights the urgent need for such recognition, need to be enshrined within the British constitution without further obfuscation, prevarication or delay.

Gerry Peck.

Dave Butler
Posted on 16 Jun 2011 10:54 am (Report this annotation)

The figure quoted may be the number of sumissions but the honest answer would have included the fact that some of these submissions represent thousands of supporters. By the Mod's own admission over 800,000 veterans badges were issued, are we to assume a lesser number of Veterans would expect proper recognition in the form of the NDM.
Dave Butler