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Humanitarian Aid: Medals

Cabinet Office written question – answered on 2nd July 2019.

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Photo of Madeleine Moon Madeleine Moon Chair, Defence Sub-Committee

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of striking a medal for humanitarian service; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Kevin Foster Kevin Foster Assistant Whip, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Wales, The Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office

The Government is committed to consideration of how best to recognise humanitarian service in a range of ways, including existing honours and medals and as part of wider

developments in medallic recognition. Examples include the announcement in 2015 of the Ebola Medal, which recognised people from both military and civilian organisations for

their brave service to assist communities in West Africa. This new medal was announced alongside existing honours in the Orders of St. Michael and St. George and the Order of

the British Empire for people whose contribution to tackling the crisis was part of well-established outstanding service.

Recommendations for new medals are made to HM The Queen by the Committee on the Grant of Honours, Decorations and Medals.

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