BUSINESS QUESTION – AWARDS FOR WOOLWICH HEROINES – 27 November 2014

Dr Julian Lewis: In the week that saw the publication of the report on the Woolwich atrocity, attention has inevitably focused on the killers and the social media companies that think it was nothing to do with them. May we have a statement from an appropriate Minister, therefore, on the failure so far to recognise the bravery of three people who did not pass by on the other side? Amanda Donnelly, Gemini Donnelly-Martin and Ingrid Loyau-Kennett sought to help Fusilier Rigby and confronted the killers. One of them has since suffered major mental health problems. Why has neither a Queen’s Commendation nor a George Medal been awarded to these three brave women, who clearly deserve them?

[The First Secretary of State and Leader of the House of Commons (Mr William Hague): My hon. Friend makes an important point. As he knows, the Prime Minister made a statement on the report by the Intelligence and Security Committee on Tuesday, but he is right to mention the bravery and outstanding behaviour of these individuals and to draw their names to the attention of the House. I will ensure that the Prime Minister is made aware of his remarks.]

[For Julian's previous reference to this omission, click here.]