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Ex-servicemen: Military Decorations

Volume 461: debated on Thursday 21 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he plans to extend the eligibility for the issue of Veterans lapel badges to former members of the Women’s Land Army. (143507)

Although the Women’s Land Army included the word “Army” in its title, it was a civilian organisation formed to support agricultural production. While the Ministry of Defence acknowledges the importance of the efforts of all those who contributed to the country’s war efforts in 1914-18 and 1939-45, it is not responsible for the recognition of those who served in such civilian occupations. Nor would it be appropriate to extend to them eligibility for the armed forces Veterans badge which was instituted specifically as a mark of recognition of service in the United Kingdom’s armed forces.