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Rhodesia (Commonwealth Monitoring Force)

Volume 990: debated on Thursday 7 August 1980

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asked the Prime Minister whether it has yet been decided to institute a special medal to mark the services of the Commonwealth Monitoring Force and those others who took part in the process of bringing Rhodesia to independence.

The Government have decided that it would be right to recognise the services of those who were sent to Southern Rhodesia for the period of direct British rule which led to the granting of independence to that country. I have therefore recommended to the Queen that a medal should be instituted to mark these services, and the Queen has approved it. It will be known as the Rhodesia medal. The terms and conditions of the new medal are set out in a Command Paper—Cmnd. 7997—which was laid before the House yesterday.