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Campaign Medal (Suez Canal Zone)

Volume 977: debated on Monday 28 January 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Defence on what grounds he considers that the objections which led the Army Board to decide in 1952 against an award of a campaign medal for service in the Suez Canal Zone in 1951–52 are still relevant.

The considerations relevant at the time of the Army Council's decision in 1952 not to award a campaign medal for service in the Suez Canal Zone in 1951–52 have not changed. They include, for example, the number of casualties sustained by our forces, the intensity of operations, and the hardships of terrain and climate. There are no grounds, therefore, for reviewing that decision so long after the event.