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Military Decorations

Volume 475: debated on Thursday 15 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what progress has been made in the implementation of the conclusions of the Joint Service Review of Honours and Awards; (203502)

(2) what consideration the Joint Service Review of Honours and Awards gave to (a) gallant, (b) meritorious and (c) long-standing service for (i) regular and (ii) reserve forces; if he will place in the Library a copy of the Joint Service Review's report; and if he will make a statement;

(3) when he plans to implement the conclusions of the Joint Service Review of Honours and Awards in respect of regular service personnel; and if he will make a statement.

The MOD’s Joint Service Review of Honours and Awards in 2000 made a number of recommendations. Details of these and their subsequent implementation are included in the final report. I am placing a copy of this report in the Library of the House.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he plans to introduce a Regular Forces Service Medal to recognise long service in the armed forces; and if he will make a statement. (204909)

There are no plans to introduce a Regular Forces service medal to recognise long service in the armed forces, though such matters are kept under review. This subject was reviewed in the 1990s as part of the Joint Service Review of Honours and Awards, which concluded that

“The proposal that the existing Long Service and Good Conduct (LS&GC) medals should be replaced by an award open to all ranks of all three services was rejected [by the military Chiefs of Staff] in favour of ‘no change’."

Long service and good conduct is already recognised for non-commissioned members of the Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force. Each of the three services of the armed forces has its own version of the LS&GC with differing regulations, though the standard of conduct is common to each service.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he plans to invite the Committee on Honours, Decorations and Medals to consider the introduction of a medal for international service for United Kingdom armed forces to replace those issued by international organisations; and if he will make a statement. (204910)

At the present time, there are no plans to introduce a new medal that would replace medals awarded for campaign service operations under the command of international organisations such as NATO, the United Nations (UN) and the European Union (EU). As with all medal policy issues, this matter is kept under review.