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Diplomatic Service: Education

Volume 487: debated on Monday 26 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many of those who were made a Knight Commander of the Order of St. Michael and St. George in each of the last 10 years attended (a) independent and (b) state schools; and how many attended (i) Oxford and Cambridge and (ii) other universities. (244269)

Educational backgrounds are not factors which are considered in awarding honours. We do not have complete information on the schools and universities attended by the 74 recipients of a D/KCMG since 1998. We have the following information on the 45 recipients from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office:

1998: (a) 4; (i) 4; (ii) 1

1999: (a) 4; (b) l; (i) 3; (ii) 2

2000: (a) 4; (i) 4

2001: (a) 3; (b) l; (i) 4

2002: (a) l; (b) l; (i) 2

2003: (a) 6; (i) 3

2004: (a) 3; (i) 3

2005: (a) 3; (i) 3

2006: (a) 4; (i ) 4

2007: (a) 3; (i) 3; (ii) 1

2008: (a) 3; (b) l; (i) 2; (ii) l.