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DC Stephen Oake

Volume 459: debated on Tuesday 1 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will recommend DC Stephen Oake for a posthumous George Cross. (107856)

[holding answer 7 December 2006]: I was deeply saddened by the tragic circumstances of DC Oake’s death. His courage will inspire officers young and old for years to come. The sacrifice he made in the line of duty is appreciated by us all, especially me.

There are a range of honours to recognise bravery. Recommendations on a George Cross are made by the senior officials on the George Cross Committee and not by the Home Secretary or any other Minister. Any recommendations by the George Cross Committee to award a George Cross is submitted to Her Majesty the Queen by the Prime Minister.