Prisoners of War: Military Decorations

Ministry of Defence written question – answered at on 23 October 2023.

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Photo of Ian Blackford Ian Blackford Scottish National Party, Ross, Skye and Lochaber

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will introduce a medal for armed forces personnel who were prisoners of war.

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

The Ministry of Defence (MOD) has no plans to recommend the introduction of a prisoner of war medal. Armed Forces personnel who were prisoners of war would have been awarded the relevant Campaign Star, or Medal, for the theatre in which they served, and an individual who performed a particular act of distinction could have been considered for a gallantry award. Any consideration of a separate medal for prisoners of war would be a matter for the independent Advisory Military Sub-Committee, a sub-committee of the Committee on the Grant of Honours, Decorations and Medal, rather than the MOD.

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