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Scottish Minister for Veterans

Posted by National Defence Medal on September 16, 2014 at 11:05 AM Comments comments (11)

The question posed:


Would an independent Scotland withdraw from the imperial honours system like Australia and New Zealand?


Would an independent Scotland instigate a Scottish Defence Force Medal?


the answers:


Thank you for your letter of 11 September to the Minister for Transport and Veterans. I have been asked to reply. I can advise that an honours system would continue in an independent Scotland. The process would remain the same as at present whereby nominations would be processed through the civil service and independent of politicians.


As Q.584 states in Scotland’s Future, any amendments to the Honours system would be agreed with the Royal Household to reflect Scotland’s independence.


Honours Administration


One thing we can be sure of, a Scottish Government will be just as vague as any other…………………

Archive Retrieval 'COSTS' Veterans Recognition

Posted by National Defence Medal on August 21, 2014 at 10:50 AM Comments comments (96)

The cost of archive retrieval of personal records, put out to contract at £25.00 a time, has been responsible for the failure of Government to recognise millions of veterans.

Finally, eight months after Sir John had submitted his ‘secret’ recommendations, a Government statement was made on the 29 July 2014 in the House of Lords, the day before they left for their summer holidays, and a week after the MPs had left for their summer recess. The HD Committee had evidently not been persuaded that a strong case could be made at this time for the institution of the NDM and it was too costly. Debate and questions in the House on a sensitive matter had been avoided.


Read the full release on the Home Page

Veterans Feel Betrayed

Posted by National Defence Medal on August 17, 2014 at 2:00 PM Comments comments (32)

Veterans feel betrayed by 'final word' decision on historic medals claim.

British veterans from wars and conflicts around the world have lost a battle for recognition of their service to Crown and country. A decision by Ministry of Defence officials, that only some of the hundreds of thousands of servicemen and women who served in conflicts and operations ranging from Aden and Suez to the Berlin Airlift should be awarded medals, has provoked a bitter row.

Read more from the Independent article:  CLICK HERE

The Medal Review Result Detail

Posted by National Defence Medal on August 1, 2014 at 2:40 AM Comments comments (140)

The 'Options Paper' as presented to the HD Committe can be found by following the link below. It was then down to the judgement of the HD Committee which options to select:


The Medal Review Results


You can also see the detail of the other medal claims, of particular interest is the 'Other Claims' and the comments of the Advisory Military Sub-Committee of the Committee on the Grant of Honours, Decorations, at a meeting from August 2013!


There is plenty for us to review and then construct a considered and cogent response.

NDM Case Not Strong Enough

Posted by National Defence Medal on July 30, 2014 at 4:25 AM Comments comments (64)

Sir John also reviewed the case for a National Defence Medal. An options paper produced by the Cabinet Office will also be placed in the Libraries of both Houses. The Committee on the Grant of Honours, Decorations and Medals is not persuaded that a strong enough case can be made at this time, but has advised that this issue might usefully be reconsidered in the future. In such circumstances, the criteria for the award of a medal would need careful consideration, including length of service, good conduct and the possibility of retrospection.

In the meantime, Ministers have agreed that the eligibility requirements for the Long Service and Good Conduct Medal, which is currently awarded only to other ranks and not to officers, should be harmonised for the future.

Next steps under consideration.

What Next?

Posted by National Defence Medal on July 24, 2014 at 9:00 AM Comments comments (47)

It is not always possible to reveal every effort that is going on behind the scenes, but just remember the House of Lords is still in session, and the Cabinet Office publish reports every day.

A very significant target has been missed, but as one target passes another comes into focus.


We have not given up working to get this resolved, MP’s havn't actually contributed much to the substance of the report, they only step in at the end, the Government machine ploughs on with or without MP’s sitting in the HoC.


Stay positive until we have reason not to be. We are still very much in the mix.


Posted by National Defence Medal on July 22, 2014 at 3:05 PM Comments comments (30)

We were given the strongest possible indications that an announcement would be no later than the 22nd July 2014, only to be let down yet again.  In the final minutes of the last day before the parliamentary summer recess we indirectly received the following statement:

I am sorry not to have replied before now to your several e-mails asking when an announcement will be made about the review of military medals. I am also sorry not to returned your telephone calls but I have been away from my desk for much of this week.

I can confirm that the position is that no decision has yet been made about when an announcement will be published. It will not be today and will certainly be after the parliamentary summer recess.

Yours sincerely,


Cabinet Office

Honours and Appointments Secretariat

1 Horse Guards Road

London SW1A 2HQ



Announcement due in July

Posted by National Defence Medal on June 28, 2014 at 12:50 PM Comments comments (90)

We have tried not to speculate too much on these matters, but we’ve received what we feel is reliable information that the results of the Medal Review and subsequent process will be revealed before the parliamentary summer recess.

That means we can expect to know our fate before 22nd July 2014.

We have had several false dawns and setbacks, however perhaps finally we will get the decision we have all awaited so patiently.

After re-reading our case and taking into account several new factors since its submission, I feel the claim has actually strengthened. I'd like to take this opportunity to thank you all for sticking with us on this journey. I am acutely aware that not everybody has agreed with our approach, but we all agree on the importance and significance of what a National Defence Medal would mean.

I hope we will be celebrating success in a matter of days.


More questions being asked

Posted by National Defence Medal on June 18, 2014 at 8:25 AM Comments comments (24)

Two more ministerial questions have been fired at the Cabinet Office and MoD.

Of course the answers do not give any meaningful information above and beyond what was already know, but they are at least being reminded that we are still here and waiting.

Whether or not they care is an entirely different matter.

Perhaps it is an indication that an announcement is near:

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