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Ex-servicemen: Military Decorations

Volume 461: debated on Monday 11 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will examine the merits of extending eligibility for the HM armed forces veterans badge to personnel involved in conflicts since 1984; and if he will make a statement. (141503)

Over 460,000 veterans badges have been issued since it was launched in 2004 and it is my intention that all armed forces veterans should receive their badge at the earliest opportunity. However, for practical reasons relating to the Service Personnel and Veterans Agency's capacity to handle demand, this has had to be done in stages, commencing with those who served first. Further extensions of eligibility to apply for the badge will follow as soon as practicable.