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Police Officers (Long Service Medals)

Volume 977: debated on Monday 28 January 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will state the reasons for the continuing delay in supplying long service medals to police officers; and whether he will now permit private enterprise firms to supply such medals to prevent such delays in future.

Production difficulties caused partly by industrial action have delayed supplies of these medals in 1979 to the Home Office by the Royal Mint. I understand that production has now been resumed and that deliveries are expected shortly. I have no present plans to invite private industry to supply these medals.