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Armed Forces: Medals

Volume 493: debated on Monday 1 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps his Department takes to (a) verify and (b) validate accounts of the actions of soldiers for which they are given awards for gallantry. (276812)

The integrity of the operational honours system is a matter of the utmost importance to the MOD. The award of Operational Honours is an independent military activity. Commanding Officers in the field initiate recommendations for awards, having gathered evidence and corroborated the incidents contained therein. These recommendations are then screened at various levels in the military chain of command and passed to a committee comprising senior military officers, all with operational experience, who decide the appropriate awards.