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World War Two: Military Decorations

Defence written question – answered on 24th November 2011.

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Photo of Paul Blomfield Paul Blomfield Labour, Sheffield Central

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what consideration he is giving to the creation of an official campaign medal for the veterans of the Second World War's Arctic Campaign.

Photo of Gerald Howarth Gerald Howarth The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

Contemporary medal papers make it clear that the convoys to north Russia were considered at the time that the qualifying criteria for the Second World War Campaign Stars and Medals were under discussion.

From the outset, the qualifying criteria for the proposed Atlantic Star were designed to include recognition of service on the Russian convoys. The regulations for the Atlantic Star specifically allude to the Arctic convoys in the qualifying criteria.

However, I gave assurances in Opposition regarding the award of a specific Arctic Convoy Medal and the Government recently agreed that there should be a fresh review of the rules governing the award of military medals. This will be conducted by an independent reviewer with full consultation with interested parties. It will make use of all of the work already undertaken as a part of the Ministry of Defence's earlier review but will have a broader scope and an independent lead, both of which are expected to be announced shortly.

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Dave Butler
Posted on 25 Nov 2011 1:45 pm (Report this annotation)

How can they make use of the previous work by the MoD when it has been rejected by the PM deputy PM and the Veterans, this should be a complete new review.