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Armed Forces: Medals

Volume 717: debated on Monday 1 March 2010

Question

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To ask Her Majesty's Government how many recommendations for gallantry medals for service in Afghanistan have been submitted in each year since 2001. [HL2044]

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many gallantry medals have been awarded for service in Afghanistan in each year since 2001. [HL2045]

Citations that demonstrate the highest levels of excellence will be recognised through the award of medals for gallantry. Therefore, there may be other acts of individual gallantry which are not recognised in this way for a variety of reasons. Nevertheless, all who deploy, and meet the criteria, receive a campaign medal which recognises the risks they face in the arduous circumstances in which they are deployed.

Recommendations that are not approved are not retained or recorded. All such records are destroyed, thus enabling impartial consideration of any future citations. No information on the number of recommendations can therefore be provided.

Recommendations for gallantry awards are made through the chain of command. Recommendations are screened at various levels and a committee comprising senior military officers (all with operational experience) makes the final decisions. It has always been this, and previously, Government's view that Ministers should not be involved in the process of awarding gallantry medals.

Notice of all awards for gallantry is published in the London Gazette. The following table lists the number of gallantry awards for service in Afghanistan in each year.

Year

Gallantry Awards

2001

0

2002

32

2003

3

2004

4

2005

6

2006

64

2007

49

2008

119

2009

157

Total

434