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Volume 405: debated on Thursday 22 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many officials in his Department have received honours; and how many honours are held by his officials, broken down by category of honour. [111484]

The Department does not hold information on the number of awards held by individuals, awards that are not related to official duties and awards already held by staff before joining the Department.The Department for Work and Pensions was formed on 8 June 2001 from parts of the former Department of Social Security (DSS) and parts of the former Department for Education and Employment.The following table shows the number of state honours awarded to staff from the honours lists published since the new Department was formed at each new year (NY) and the Queen's birthday (BD) round. Three members of staff who were awarded the MBE have since left the Department.