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Committee on the Grant of Honours, Decorations and Medals

Volume 474: debated on Tuesday 1 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) who is responsible for making appointments to the Committee on the Grant of Honours, Decorations and Medals; (196241)

(2) when there was last a vacancy on the Committee on the Grant of Honours, Decorations and Medals; who filled the vacancy; and what process was used to assess the suitability of candidates.

I have been asked to reply.

Members of the Committee serve on an ex officio basis and are therefore automatically succeeded on the Committee by the successor to the official post. Members of the Committee are as follows:

Secretary of the Cabinet and Head of the Home Civil Service (Chair)

Her Majesty The Queen’s Private Secretary

Permanent Secretary, Prime Minister’s Office

Defence Services Secretary

Permanent Secretary, Home Office

Permanent Secretary, Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Defence

Secretary of the Central Chancery of the Orders of Knighthood

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what measures are in place to ensure that a member of the Committee on the Grant of Honours, Decorations and Medals is not involved in making a decision that could result in them being awarded an honour, decoration or medal; (196246)

(2) on how many occasions a member of the Committee on the Grant of Honours, Decorations and Medals has received an honour, decoration or medal as a result of a decision of the committee.

I have been asked to reply.

The Committee has been in existence for some 70 years. Its main purpose is to advise The Sovereign on proposals for the introduction or acceptance of new honours, decorations and medals. It does not normally consider awards for individual people. If the eligibility of an individual member to a specific award were discussed, they would be expected to declare their interest and take no part in the discussion. It is not possible to say on how many occasions members of the Committee may have received an honour or a medal as a result of a policy recommendation by the Committee.