§ Mr. Redmond
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what public commendation or recognition his Department has given in respect of the Royal Observer Corps; and if he will make a statement. 
§ Mr. Soames
On 8 December 1995, to commemorate the stand-down of the remaining element of the Royal Observer Corps, invited guests, officers and other ranks attended a ceremony at the Royal Air Force college, Cranwell to lodge the Royal Observer Corps banner in college hall. To mark this occasion, I wrote formally to the commandant of the Royal Observer Corps paying tribute to the men and women of the corps who have given so much to their sovereign and to their country. Throughout they have carried out their duties with honour and dedication.