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Committee on the Grant of Honours Decorations and Medals

Volume 475: debated on Friday 16 May 2008

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1) how many recommendations of the Committee on Honours, Decorations and Medals have been submitted for consideration in the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement; (203477)

(2) how many consultations the Committee on Honours, Decorations and Medals has conducted in the last 12 months; who was consulted; and if he will make a statement;

(3) on how many occasions the Committee on Honours, Decorations and Medals has met in the last 12 months; what the venue for each of these meetings was; what the cost of each meeting was; and if he will make a statement;

(4) what the cost of (a) the Committee on Honours, Decorations and Medals and (b) its secretariat was in the last 10 years; and if he will make a statement;

(5) how many officials are engaged in the work of the Committee on Honours, Decorations and Medals; and if he will make a statement;

(6) if he will place in the Library a copy of the (a) agendas and (b) minutes of each meeting of the Committee on Honours, Decorations and Medals in the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement.

Secretariat support for the Committee on the Grant of Honours, Decorations and Medals is provided by the Ceremonial Secretariat based in the Cabinet Office. The cost of the secretariat is accounted for in the departmental report and accounts.

The committee is made up of the following members:

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

Private Secretary to The Sovereign

Permanent Secretary, Prime Minister's Office

Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Defence

Defence Services Secretary

Permanent Secretary Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Permanent Secretary, Home Office

Secretary of the Central Chancery of the Orders of Knighthood

Ceremonial Officer of the Cabinet Office (Secretary).

All members of the committee have extensive careers in public administration and/or as members of the armed forces or the diplomatic service. As the posts are ex officio, members serve on the committee while they hold their current posts.

It is established practice not to disclose the details of internal discussion and advice.