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;
(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, Home Office
Permanent Secretary, Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Defence
Secretary of the Central Chancery of the Orders of Knighthood