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Honours

Volume 405: debated on Thursday 22 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many officials in her Department have received honours; and how many honours are held by her officials, broken clown by category of honour. [111481]

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs was formed in June 2001 following machinery of government changes. Departmental data held on honours relate to the period since then.In that time, 14 members of the Department have received an honour. Of those, five have now left, so currently nine honours awards are held by Defra officials. These comprise: one CB (Companion of the Order of the Bath), one CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire), four OBEs (Officers of the Order of the British Empire) and three MBEs (Members of the Order of the British Empire). Data are not routinely kept on

(a) the number of awards held by individuals, or (b) any awards received by staff before they joined the Department, or (c) awards given to current staff for achievements not related to official duties.