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Homecoming Parades

Volume 404: debated on Wednesday 7 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what criteria he uses to decide whether to arrange for official homecoming and victory parades following conflicts involving UK troops. [110547]

There are no set criteria for deciding when a homecoming or victory parade is appropriate. By the nature of the operations which they are designed to commemorate the opportunities are few and far between and each case is therefore considered carefully in the light of the prevailing circumstances.