Dr Julian Lewis: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the Prime Minister’s oral contribution* of 20 April 2022, Official Report, column 161, what steps he is taking to ensure that surviving nuclear test veterans receive recognition for their service. 
[*Sir John Hayes (South Holland and The Deepings): Long ago in a far-off place, thousands of British Servicemen sailed into what was for them the unknown as they witnessed the early tests of nuclear weapons. They have lived with the consequences of that service to our nation ever since. Following a question to the Prime Minister from the hon. Member for Salford and Eccles (Rebecca Long Bailey), he agreed to meet us and those veterans. Will he now assure the House that he will take personal charge of the decision on whether to grant the remaining Servicemen – for there are few left – the Service medal they so richly deserve?
The Prime Minister: I thank my right hon. Friend very much for campaigning on this issue, which I know attracts support across the House. I will certainly take personal charge of the matter and make sure that the veterans receive the recognition they deserve.]
[Due for Answer on 19 May]
The Minister for Defence People and Veterans (Leo Docherty): Those who participated in the Nuclear Test Programme made a significant contribution to the safety and security of the UK by ensuring that we were equipped with an appropriate nuclear capability; it is right that their contribution is recognised. The Prime Minister and I look forward to meeting with representatives of the Nuclear Test Veteran community shortly.