HC Deb 26 February 1968 vol 759 c925
11. Sir J. Langford-Holt

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what are the difficulties and complications delaying his decision regarding permission for British subjects to wear foreign decorations approved by him; whether he is aware that an early decision was promised to the hon. Members for Liverpool, Wavertre (Mr. Tilney), Hertfordshire, South-West (Mr. Longden) and Shrewsbury, on 19th July, 1967; and what he now proposes to do.

Mr. William Rodgers

I am happy to tell the House that it has now been agreed in principle that the Foreign Orders Regulations should be amended to provide for the grant of unrestricted permission to United Kingdom private citizens in all cases to wear awards which, in accordance with the Regulations, they have been permitted to accept. I hope to arrange for a notice to appear shortly in the London Gazette announcing this change.

Sir J. Langford-Holt

In thanking the hon. Gentleman for the part he has played in this, may I assure him that, while it has been a long time coming, it has been well worth it in the end?

Mr. Rodgers

On the contrary, this is the moment to congratulate the hon. Gentleman on the successful outcome of his campaign.