To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people were awarded the MBE in the most recent New Year Honours list; how many were awarded (1) the MBE, and (2) the BEM, in the most recent Queen's Birthday Honours list; what criteria are used to determine which of the two honours should be awarded to recipients; and why both are needed.
Five hundred and eighty-seven people were awarded the MBE at the most recent New Year's Honours List. Five hundred and thirty-two people were awarded the MBE and 293 people were awarded the BEM in the Queen's Birthday Honours list.
The criteria used by independent honours committees to determine which level of award to recommend are given in more detail on the Direct Gov website at www.direct.gov.uk/honours. At all levels, awards illuminate areas of dedicated service which merit public recognition.
The Government have reintroduced the BEM as part of the celebrations to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee and to ensure that those who are engaged in activities which build stronger, more integrated communities receive due recognition.