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Bernard Arnault

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 19th October 2012.

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Photo of Denis MacShane Denis MacShane Labour, Rotherham

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what criteria were applied in bestowing a KBE on Bernard Arnault.

Photo of Mark Simmonds Mark Simmonds The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

The criteria for considering nominations that the FCO uses in all its honours committees are achievement and service to the United Kingdom. The decision to recommend an award is based on merit in order to reward excellence in achievement and service and these would have been the criteria used in the consideration of the award for Bernard Arnault. Due to the confidential nature of the honours process, we do not comment on why or how a decision to recommend any particular individual for an honour is made.

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