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Awards for Valour (Protection) Bill

A Bill to prohibit the wearing of medals or insignia awarded for valour, with the intent to deceive


Explanatory notes to the Bill, prepared by the Member in charge of the Bill, Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe, are published separately as HL Bill 56—EN.




Prohibit the wearing of medals or insignia awarded for valour, with the intent to deceive.

Be it enacted by the Queen’s most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:—

1 Offence of wearing awards with intent to deceive

(1) A person commits an offence if, with intent to deceive, the person wears—

(a) an award specified in the Schedule, or

(b) something which has the appearance of being an award specified in the Schedule.

(2) In this Act “award” includes anything representing an award, including in particular—

(a) a miniature cross, medal or star;

(b) a ribbon;

(c) a bar;

(d) a rosette;

(e) an emblem.

(3) A person guilty of an offence under this section is liable on summary conviction—

(a) in England and Wales, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 3 months or a fine;

(b) in Scotland or Northern Ireland, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 3 months or a fine not exceeding level 5 on the standard scale.

(4) The Secretary of State may by regulations amend the Schedule by—

(a) adding awards to it;

(b) removing awards from it;

(c) amending the description of awards specified in it.

(5) The regulations may add an award to the Schedule only if it is awarded in respect of—

(a) acts involving gallantry, or

(b) involvement in a campaign or operation entailing—

(i) the risk of danger to life from enemy action, and

(ii) a level of rigour significantly greater than might normally be expected in a non-operational environment.

(6) Regulations under this section are to be made by statutory instrument.

(7) A statutory instrument containing regulations under this section may not be made unless a draft of the instrument has been laid before and approved by a resolution of each House of Parliament.

2 Extent, commencement and short title

(1) This Act extends to England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

(2) This Act comes into force at the end of the period of two months beginning with the day on which it is passed.

(3) This Act may be cited as the Awards for Valour (Protection) Act 2017.


Section 1


Part 1 Gallantry awards

  • Air Force Cross

  • Air Force Medal

  • Albert Medal

  • Conspicuous Gallantry Cross

  • Conspicuous Gallantry Medal

  • Distinguished Conduct Medal

  • Distinguished Flying Cross

  • Distinguished Flying Medal

  • Distinguished Service Cross

  • Distinguished Service Medal

  • Distinguished Service Order

  • Edward Medal

  • Empire Gallantry Medal

  • George Cross

  • George Medal

  • Mention in Dispatches

  • Military Cross

  • Military Medal

  • Queen’s Commendation for Bravery

  • Queen’s Commendation for Bravery in the Air

  • Queen’s Commendation for Valuable Service

  • Queen’s Gallantry Medal

  • Victoria Cross

Part 2 Campaign awards

  • 1914 Star

  • 1914-15 Star

  • 1939-45 Star

  • Africa Star

  • Air Crew Europe Star

  • Arctic Star

  • Atlantic Star

  • Burma Star

  • France and Germany Star

  • Gulf Medal

  • Iraq Medal

  • Italy Star

  • Korea Medal

  • Operational Service Medal (Afghanistan)

  • Operational Service Medal (Congo)

  • Operational Service Medal (Sierra Leone)

  • Pacific Star

  • South Atlantic Medal

General Service Medal 1918-1962

  • Clasps:

  • Arabian Peninsula

  • Berlin Airlift

  • Bomb and Mine Clearance 1945-49

  • Bomb and Mine Clearance 1945-56

  • Brunei

  • Canal Zone

  • Cyprus

  • Iraq

  • Kurdistan

  • Malaya

  • Near East

  • North Kurdistan

  • North West Persia

  • Palestine

  • Palestine 1945-48

  • South East Asia 1945-46

  • South Persia

  • Southern Desert, Iraq

General Service Medal 1962-2007

  • Clasps:

  • Air Operations, Iraq

  • Borneo

  • Cyprus 1963-64

  • Dhofar

  • Gulf

  • Kuwait

  • Lebanon

  • Malay Peninsula

  • Mine Clearance, Gulf of Suez

  • Northern Iraq and Southern Turkey

  • Northern Ireland

  • Radfan

  • South Arabia

  • South Vietnam

General Service Medal 2008

  • Clasps:

  • Accumulated Campaign Service Medal 1994

  • Accumulated Campaign Service Medal 2011

  • Arabian Peninsula

  • Eastern Africa

  • Northern Africa

  • Southern Asia

  • Western Africa

Naval General Service Medal 1909-1962

  • Clasps:

  • Arabian Peninsula

  • Bomb and Mine Clearance 1945-53

  • Bomb and Mine Clearance Mediterranean

  • Brunei

  • Canal Zone

  • Cyprus

  • Iraq 1919-1920

  • Malaya

  • Minesweeping 1945-51

  • Near East

  • North West Persia 1919-1920

  • North West Persia 1920

  • Palestine 1936-1939

  • Palestine 1945-48

  • South East Asia 1945-46

  • Yangtze 1949

Africa General Service Medal 1899-1956

  • Clasps:

  • East Africa 1915

  • East Africa 1918

  • Jubaland 1917-18

  • Kenya

  • Nigeria 1918

  • Nyasaland 1915

  • Shimber Berris 1914-15

  • Somaliland 1920

India General Service Medal 1908-1935

  • Clasps:

  • Afghanistan North West Frontier 1919

  • Burma 1930-32

  • Mahsud 1919-20

  • Malabar 1921-22

  • Mohmand 1933

  • North West Frontier 1930-31

  • North West Frontier 1935

  • Waziristan 1919-21

  • Waziristan 1921-24

  • Waziristan 1925

India General Service Medal 1936-39

  • Clasps:

  • British War Medal 1914-1920

  • Defence Medal

  • North West Frontier 1936-37

  • North West Frontier 1937-39

  • Territorial Force War Medal

  • Victory Medal

  • War Medal 1939-45

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