National honours bill floated

The Cayman Islands Premier would be
allowed to grant national honours for meritorious service to any resident of
the Islands, under a bill proposed by Premier
McKeeva Bush.

The National Honours and Awards
Bill will be released for public consultation and comment shortly.

Upon introducing the proposal, Mr.
Bush cautioned that the awards would not in any way seek to replace the current
Queen’s honours awarded each year in the British Overseas
Territory.

“Her Majesty, the Queen’s honours
will reign supreme as honours from the Crown,” Mr. Bush said.

The bill will propose three
separate categories of honours.

*The Order of the Cayman Islands –
This would be granted to living awardees as a medal of honour to anyone who has
rendered a service of national importance to the Cayman Islands, or who has
performed an outstanding or brave act.

*National Service Medal – The medal
would be given to police, fire, prisons and cadet corps officers for “outstanding
and meritorious service”.

*Long Service Award – Granted
either to living awardees or posthumously for outstanding public service over a
period of at least 20 years.

The bill would also form a National
Awards Committee to assist government in award designations.