Andrew Murrison – 2016 Parliamentary Question to the Ministry of Defence

The below Parliamentary question was asked by Andrew Murrison on 2016-02-04.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 19 October 2015 to Question 10743, how many applications from Normandy veterans for the Legion d’Honneur are not yet processed by his Department.

Mark Lancaster

In order to help the French authorities we have jointly developed improved administrative procedures, whereby the UK is submitting Legion d’Honneur applications to the French in a steady flow in approximately the order they were received by the Ministry of Defence.

Some 2,900 applications have been sent to the French Embassy since the new system began in July last year; we have approximately 1,750 cases still to be submitted and the Department continues to receive new applications on a weekly basis. Cases are given priority on the grounds of ill-health or extreme age.