Nuclear Weapons: Testing

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 19th March 2020.

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Photo of John Hayes John Hayes Conservative, South Holland and The Deepings

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to commemorate the armed services personnel who supported the UK's nuclear weapons testing programme.

Photo of James Heappey James Heappey The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

New medallic awards are considered by the Committee on the Grant of Honours, Decorations and Medals (HD Committee). The HD Committee has re-established its Advisory Military Sub-Committee (AMSC) to examine historic military medals claims; the AMSC is considering the case for a medal for Nuclear Test Veterans and will make a recommendation to the HD Committee in due course.

The Government continues to recognise and be grateful to all Servicemen and women who participated in the British nuclear testing programme. They contributed to keeping our nation secure during the Cold War and since, by ensuring that the UK was equipped with an appropriate nuclear capability.

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