§ Mr. Donaldson
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will include the Prison Service as one of the organisations to receive the Golden Jubilee Medal from Her Majesty the Queen.
§ Tessa Jowell
[holding answer 28 October 2002]: The medal is being issued to the living holders of the Victoria Cross and the George Cross, to serving members of the armed forces and Royal Fleet Auxiliary, and to the '999' emergency services. The Prison Service is not an emergency service. Accordingly, it is not eligible to receive the medal. There are no plans to re-open the matter.790W