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Petition by William Leitch  
Closed Petitions - Petition PE1312  
Petition by William Leitch calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to make representations to the UK Government asking it to investigate the circumstances into the process for awarding medals to those involved in the 1949 Yangtze campaign and, in particular, whether this process was corrupted as a result of the exclusion of relevant and important documents relating to the role of HMS Concord in the Yangtze Campaign on 30 and 31 July 1949.  
Petitioner: William Leitch  
Number of signatures: 126  
Date lodged: 22 February 2010  
SPICe Briefing: Briefing for PE1312 

Written Submissions for PE1312  

Link to videos of the YangTse campaign hosted onto the Committee's blog  

Written Questions for PE1312  

2 March 2010 :   The Committee agreed to write to the Scottish Government, Royal British Legion and the Ministry of Defence seeking responses to points raised in the petition and during the discussion. <Link to Official Report 2 March 2010 

1 June 2010 :   The Committee agreed to write to the Scottish Government, the Ministry of Defence and the Royal British Legion seeking responses to specific points. <Link to Official Report 26 January 2010" 

23 November 2010 :   The Committee agreed to defer consideration of the peitition until its next meeting on 7 December to allow time for the response provided by the Ministry of Defence to be considered by it. Link to Official Report 23 November 2010" 

11 January 2011 :   The Committee agreed to write to the Scottish Government seeking a response to specific points. <Link to Official Report 11 January 2011 

22 February 2011 :   The Committee agreed to close the petition under Rule 15.7 of Standing Orders on the grounds that the Ministry of Defence has stated that 'there are no plans to reconsider the qualifying criteria for this award' and the Scottish Government, having raised this matter with the Ministry of Defence as requested, has confirmed in its letter of 17 January 2011 that it has no power to do any more on this issue. In closing the petition, the Committee congratulated the petitioner for the wealth of detailed information he has gathered and submitted on this matter. Link to Official Report 22 February 2011" 

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