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France: Military Decorations

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 4th June 2019.

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Photo of Emily Thornberry Emily Thornberry Shadow Foreign Secretary

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 8 May 2019 to Question 250007 on France: Military Decorations, how many surviving British veterans who fought for the liberation of France during the Second World War are waiting to receive the award of the Legion d'Honneur for which they have been certified as eligible by his Department; whether he expects those individuals to receive their honours on or before 6 June 2019; and if he will publish a breakdown of those individuals by their (a) age and (b) current place of residence.

Photo of Tobias Ellwood Tobias Ellwood The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

There are currently 71 cases for the award being processed by the French authorities, with a further 17 currently with the Ministry of Defence. It is not possible to estimate how many recipients will receive their award by 6 June 2019, as the French authorities are responsible for the distribution of their medal. However, priority is given to those particularly elderly or in poor health.

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