Friday 21 July 2006

Sir Michael Jay receives Life Peerage

21 July 2006

The Queen has been graciously pleased to signify her intention of conferring a Peerage of the United Kingdom for Life upon Sir Michael (Hastings) Jay GCMG on his retirement as Permanent Under-Secretary of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Head of the Diplomatic Service.

This recommendation for a non-party political life peerage was made by the Prime Minister. The House of Lords Appointments Commission is responsible for recommending non-party political appointments to the House of Lords. However, the Prime Minister continues to nominate direct to The Queen a limited number of distinguished public servants on retirement. The Prime Minister has decided that the number of appointments covered under this arrangement will not exceed ten in any one Parliament.

Note for Editors

After university Sir Michael joined the Ministry of Overseas Development (ODM) in 1969 and moved to the UK Delegation IMF-IBRD, Washington in 1973 returning to the ODM in 1975. He was appointed First Secretary in New Delhi in 1978, transferring to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in 1981. He was Counsellor in the Cabinet Office from 1985 to 1987 and Counsellor (Financial and Commercial), Paris from 1987 to 1990. He was Assistant Under-Secretary of State for EC Affairs in the FCO from 1990 to 1993; Deputy Under-Secretary of State, (Dir. For EC and Economic Affairs) in the FCO from 1994 to 1996 and Ambassador to France from 1996 to 2001. He has served as Permanent Under-Secretary of State, FCO and Head of the Diplomatic Service since 2002 and will retire at the end of July. He has been the Prime Minister’s personal representative (Sherpa) for the G8 Summit at Gleneagles (in 2005) and St Petersburg (in 2006).



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