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) 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.
(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.
Air Force Cross
Air Force 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
Empire Gallantry Medal
Mention in Dispatches
Queen’s Commendation for Bravery
Queen’s Commendation for Bravery in the Air
Queen’s Commendation for Valuable Service
Queen’s Gallantry Medal
Air Crew Europe Star
France and Germany Star
Operational Service Medal (Afghanistan)
Operational Service Medal (Congo)
Operational Service Medal (Sierra Leone)
South Atlantic Medal
General Service Medal 1918-1962
Bomb and Mine Clearance 1945-49
Bomb and Mine Clearance 1945-56
North West Persia
South East Asia 1945-46
Southern Desert, Iraq
General Service Medal 1962-2007
Air Operations, Iraq
Mine Clearance, Gulf of Suez
Northern Iraq and Southern Turkey
General Service Medal 2008
Accumulated Campaign Service Medal 1994
Accumulated Campaign Service Medal 2011
Naval General Service Medal 1909-1962
Bomb and Mine Clearance 1945-53
Bomb and Mine Clearance Mediterranean
North West Persia 1919-1920
North West Persia 1920
South East Asia 1945-46
Africa General Service Medal 1899-1956
East Africa 1915
East Africa 1918
Shimber Berris 1914-15
India General Service Medal 1908-1935
Afghanistan North West Frontier 1919
North West Frontier 1930-31
North West Frontier 1935
India General Service Medal 1936-39
British War Medal 1914-1920
North West Frontier 1936-37
North West Frontier 1937-39
Territorial Force War Medal
War Medal 1939-45