League Members Update - Awards for Valour (Protection) Bill 2016/2017

Members will be interested to hear that the bill to prevent members of the public wearing medals, and in particular gallantry medals, to which they are not entitled is to receive its second reading on 1 February. The League has previously raised this as an issue direct to government however the prevalence of this behaviour has now attracted widespread condemnation. Accordingly a Private Members Bill "to prohibit the wearing or public display, by a person not entitled to do so, of medals or insignia for valour, with the intent to deceive" was submitted last year and now has the support of the Armed Forces Minister and the Commons Defence Select Committee. The president has been in touch with the author of the Bill and offered any support from the members as may be necessary to highlight the impact of non-entitled persons fraudulently wearing medals for valour etc.  This subject will be discussed further at the AGM at Windsor in April.

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