MoD claims medals review delay is not its fault

Veterans minister Andrew Robathan
Veterans minister Andrew Robathan

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THE Ministry of Defence today distanced itself from a row about the length of time it is taking to set up a review of how war medals are awarded.

Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage raised a question in the House of Commons this afternoon about why veterans of the Second World War Arctic Convoys and other campaigns are still waiting for a new, independent review of the rules surrounding war medals which was announced in October last year.

It comes after a previous MoD-led review of war medals was axed by Downing Street after 16 months following accusations from veterans that it was a ‘whitewashing exercise.’

Ms Dinenage pressed veterans minister Andrew Robathan on the length of time it was taking for a new review to be set up.

But Mr Robathan said: ‘Medals are not awarded by me and it’s quite right that an independent review is going on and that it is not led by the Ministry of Defence and I share my honourable friend’s concern this is going on and I can assure I’ve been told this will be a swift review and will take place shortly.’

Asked why there has been a six-month delay starting the new review, Mr Robathan said: ‘It’s not being led by the Ministry of Defence so it’s not up to us.’