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Volume 472: debated on Wednesday 27 February 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many members of the senior civil service in her Department have received an honour. (187125)

The Home Office does not have records of those staff who were awarded an honour before they joined the Department or for achievements unrelated to official duties.

Eight senior civil servants in the Home Office (including the Home Office Headquarters, Border and Immigration Agency, Criminal Records Bureau, and the Identity and Passport Service) have received an honour since the new year honours list published at the end of December 2002, beginning of 2003.

Five remain in the Department, one is currently on secondment to an outside organisation, and two have transferred to the Ministry of Justice following the Machinery of Government changes in May 2007.

Four hold a Companion of the Order of the Bath, three hold a Commander of the Order of the British Empire, and one holds an Officer of the Order of the British Empire.