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Unthinkable? A mixed up monarch | Editorial

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The coalition has gone to enormous – and in its own narrow terms – admirable efforts to iron out the sexism in royal primogeniture. Legislation has been passed, the Commonwealth consulted and governments such as Canada nudged into rewriting their own statute – all to make sure that the Queen‘s prospective great-grandchild and heirs will enjoy a secure place in the line of succession, irrespective of gender. Five out of every eight years during the past 200 have been presided over by a Queen not a King, so the effect in practice feels less important than the principle. But what principle? Even if younger brothers can no longer usurp big sisters, the monarchy will still hardly be an equal opportunities employer. Applications from first-borns of previous office holders will still be very much encouraged – with implications for the chances of ethnic minority and working class candidates which can only be called institutional discrimination. Doing away with the Windsors completely might seem the only response – it is certainly the cleanest solution. But if the Kingdom is determined to cling to its crown, then why not a melting-pot monarchy? The Middleton family tree reveals the Duchess of Cambridge to be 1/32 coal miner, and now genetic tests have revealed a smaller (one part in several hundred) drop of Indian blood in the Duke. Until the Commonwealth is ready to run with Tony Benn’s suggestion of a rotating head, encouraging royal marriages to mix things up more radically could be the way to go.

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New Welsh language digital service

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A new Welsh language service, PoblCaerdydd, is being launched today in Cardiff to serve the city’s estimated 36,000 Welsh speakers.

The digital news and networking service will be introduced at the annual Tafwyl festival. It has been developed by and for the community with support from Cardiff university’s school of journalism.

Anyone who has a story to tell, news to share or an image to display can contribute content to PoblCaerdydd through a new tool developed by the university and its partner, the psychological creative agency Behaviour.

Cardiff university’s Sara Moseley said: “Wales has a proud tradition of community newspapers with over 50 of them serving each part of the country.

“But with changing patterns of media consumption and young people very much used to generating and curating their own content, the Cardiff paper Y Dinesydd was seeing circulation go down and audience age profile go up.

“We were very happy to help when they approached us… It hasn’t been hard to find a new generation of talented people who are embedded in their community and passionate about making this work.

“We’ve been able to help them set up and we’ve use the outcomes from our research to help spread the ownership for this venture far and wide and really pull in good content.”

Source: Cardiff University

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David Cameron has pledged there will be no further cuts to Ministry of Defence staffing. The news came as the government announced that a further six – mainly minor – spending departments had reached agreement with the Treasury ahead of the spending review for 2015-16, which is due to be announced at the end of the month.

Danny Alexander, the Treasury chief secretary, had earlier infuriated the Ministry of Defence when he said: “Of course, in a department that has more horses than it has tanks, there is room for efficiency savings without affecting our overall military output, which of course is what we need to maintain. And finding efficiencies, reforming the ways our services operate are critical to ensuring that what I want to achieve, which is maintaining the quality of our services.”

But a more emollient Cameron said: “We’re not going to be making further cuts to the numbers of our army, navy or air force: they know what they have available.

“No department can be excluded from being efficient from saving money, from making sure we get the best possible value from every pound that we take from the taxpayers and spend.”

The day before Sir Peter Wall, the head of the army, had told Sky News that Britain’s chances of success in future wars could be “seriously damaged” if the army were downsized in the latest spending review. He added: “Imposing more on us now before the last round of efficiencies have really materialised properly in a balanced way would be very disruptive.”

As well as the MoD, the Treasury said that the environment department, culture, the Home Office, the Wales Office, the Scottish Office and the Law Officers department had all reached agreements.

The Treasury also stressed that the settlement for the Home Office – seen as potentially the most difficult candidates for a settlement – had ensured that intelligence and counter-terrorism budgets had been fully protected.

However, the settlement still leaves the Treasury well short of the £11.5bn total cut it is seeking to achieve.

The budgets of the department of work and pensions, excluding welfare payments, the business department and the ministry of defence remain to be agreed.

It also appears as if discussions in the department of international development have yet to be finalised even though its total budget is protected. Defence chiefs are trying to load some of their costs onto the Dfid budget.

Alexander said the Treasury had agreed well over a third of the planned £11.5bn savings for the 2015-16 financial year.

He added: “We’re around a third of the way there to the total, but of course discussions are continuing with the remaining departments that haven’t settled yet – those discussions are going well.

“We’ve now reached agreements with well over half of the departments in government. We are making very good progress, ahead of where we were at this stage of the 2010 spending review.”

He said the reductions averaged around 8%, but the museums and galleries budget of the culture department has been protected so it faces a cut of only 5%.

There had been mainly politically motivated rumours suggesting that the culture secretary Maria Miller was to lose her department altogether and see it merged with the business department.

Chris Leslie, shadow treasury spokesman, said: “The most frustrating thing for us is that really, rather than spending all their time essentially on a one-year budget for general election year two years down the road when quite frankly the government haven’t got a clue about the sort of revenues the Treasury will have then, they should be working now, rolling their sleeves up to get growth going in 2013.”

He said it was chaotic for the Treasury to provide a running commentary that half-leaked in a piecemeal fashion certain budget headings with different departments and negotiating without any strategic framework.

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Mrs Susan Mary Bourne. Headteacher, The Avenue school, Reading, Berkshire. For services to education. (Newbury, Berkshire)

Professor Nicola Anne Cullum. Professor of nursing, University of Manchester. For services to nursing research and wound care. (Leeds, West Yorkshire)

Mrs Janet Wolfson De Botton, CBE. Philanthropist. For charitable services to the arts. (London)

Mrs Diana Margaret Ellis, CBE. Executive chair, British Rowing. For services to rowing. (Lightwater, Surrey)

Professor Anne Mandall Johnson. Professor of infectious disease epidemiology, University College London. For services to the study of infectious diseases. (London)

Professor Hermione Lee, CBE. President, Wolfson college and professor of English literature, University of Oxford. For services to literary scholarship. (Oxford, Oxfordshire)

Professor Judith Anne Rees, CBE. Formerly director of LSE and Political Science, and director of Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and Environment. For services to higher education. (London)

Mrs Phyllis Somers. Philanthropist. For charitable services. (Jersey, Channel Islands)

Mrs Dana Ross-Wawrzynski. Executive headteacher, Altrincham grammar school for girls. For services to education. (Bowdon, Cheshire)

CBE

John Robert Henderson Agnew. Chairman, Henderson Group. For services to business and to charity in Northern Ireland. (Carrickfergus, Antrim)

Ms Susan Penelope Akers, QPM. Formerly deputy assistant commissioner, Metropolitan police. For services to policing. (Thames Ditton, Surrey)

Ms Terrie Elizabeth Alafat. Director, Housing Growth and Affordable Housing, Department for Communities and Local Government. For services to homeless people. (London)

Christopher John Allison, MBE. National Olympic security co-ordinator for London 2012. For services to the security of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. (Harrow, Middlesex)

Dr Ian Wilson Russell Anderson. Formerly president, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow. For services to emergency medicine. (Newton Mearns, Glasgow)

Professor Helen Apsimon. Professor of air pollution studies, Centre for Environmental Policy, Imperial College, London. For services to air pollution science. (Frimley, Surrey)

Paul Archer. Head of contact centres, Department for Work and Pensions. For services to DWP contact centres and to charitable fundraising. (Hope, Derbyshire)

John Peter Atkins. Chief executive officer, The Kemnal Academies Trust. For services to education. (Ashford, Kent)

Rowan Sebastian Atkinson. Actor and comedian. For services to drama and charity. (London)

The Honourable Michael John Attenborough. Theatre director and producer. For services to the theatre. (London)

Mrs Victoria Louise Beer. Executive principal, Ashton on Mersey School, Trafford. For services to education. (High Peak, Derbyshire)

Simon James Robert Bland. Department for International Development Representative, Geneva. For services to global health. (Stamford, US)

Ms Claire Bloom. Actress. For services to drama. (London) Kenneth Peter Bounds. For services to the community in Liverpool. (Liverpool, Merseyside)

Allan John Bowman. Chair, Social Care Institute for Excellence. For services to social care. (Hove, East Sussex)

Dr Andrew Edward Brown. Deputy chair, Environment Agency. For services to the environment. (Leyburn, North Yorkshire)

Mrs Margaret Evelyn (Dr Aston) Buxton, FBA. Ecclesiastical historian. For services to historical scholarship.

Ms Dinah Elizabeth Caine, OBE. Chief executive officer, Creative Skillset. For services to the creative industries. (London)

Professor Terence Cave, FBA. Emeritus professor of French literature, University of Oxford. For services to literary scholarship. (Oxford, Oxfordshire)

Mrs Pamela Joy Chesters. Formerly chair, Action for Children. For services to vulnerable children. (London)

John Senan Cole. Deputy secretary, Health Estates Investment Group, Northern Ireland Executive. For services to healthcare investment. (Bangor, Down)

John Charles William Compton. Chief executive, Regional Health and Social Care Board. For services to healthcare in Northern Ireland. (Lisburn, Antrim)

Mrs Caroline Louise Cooper. Chief operating officer, Big Society Capital. For services to social investment. (London)

Professor John Anthony George Craven. Vice-chancellor, University of Portsmouth. For services to higher education and to the community in Hampshire. (Petersfield, Hampshire)

Graham Dacre. Founder and chair, OPEN Youth Trust and Lind Trust. For charitable services to young people. (Norwich, Norfolk)

Roger Alexander Deakins. Cinematographer. For services to film. (California, US)

Ms Hilary Lorraine Devey. Chairman and chief executive, Pall-Ex. For services to the transport industry and to charity. (Ellistown, Leicestershire)

Ms Sally Anne Sheila Dicketts. Chief executive and principal, Oxford and Cherwell Valley College and Chair, Reading College. For services to further education. (Oxford, Oxfordshire)

Dr Jennifer Dixon. Chief executive, Nuffield Trust, London. For services to public health. (London)

John Drew. Formerly chief executive, Youth Justice Board for England and Wales. For services to youth justice. (London)

Geoffrey Driver. Leader, Lancashire county council. For services to local government. (Preston, Lancashire)

Cecil Duckworth, OBE. For services to charity and to the community in Worcestershire. (Worcester, Worcestershire)

Gareth Evans. Formerly deputy director, public finances and general team, Treasury Solicitor’s Department. For services to financial stability. (London)

Iain Richard Evans. Chairman, LEK Consulting. For services to the review of defence acquisition and the Consultancy Industry. (London)

John Frederick Farmer. Chairman, The Royal British Legion. For voluntary service to ex-servicemen and women. (Knodishall, Suffolk)

Ms Christine Farnish. For services to financial services and consumer affairs. (Hove, East Sussex)

Richard Findlay. Non-executive independent chairman, STV Group plc. For services to the arts and creative industries in Scotland. (Edinburgh)

Robert Fleming. Philanthropist. For charitable services. (Bicester, Oxfordshire)

Julian Wyatt Glover. Actor. For services to drama. (London)

Alban Francis Xavier Green. Chief executive, Leigh Academies Trust, Kent. For services to education. (Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex)

Peter Anthony Griffiths. Formerly chairman, Queen Victoria Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. For services to healthcare. (Wadhurst, East Sussex)

Professor Philip John Gummett. Formerly chief executive, Higher Education Funding Council for Wales. For services to higher education in Wales. (High Peak, Derbyshire)

Professor Michael Harmer. Chair, Welsh Health Specialist Services Committee. For services to healthcare. (Caerphilly)

Malcolm Gareth Hayday. Chief executive officer and founder, Charity Bank. For services to charities and social enterprise. (Mayfield, East Sussex)

Professor Anthony Francis Heath, FBA. Professor of sociology, University of Manchester, and emeritus professor of sociology, University of Oxford. For services to social science. (Oxford, Oxfordshire)

Thomas Alexander Heatherwick. Founder, Heatherwick Studio. For services to the design industry. (London)

Dr Carol Homden. Chief executive, Thomas Coram Foundation for Children. For services to children and families. (London)

Dennis Vincent Hone. Chief executive officer, Olympic Delivery Authority. For services to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. (Clapham, Bedfordshire)

Jonathan Peter Joures. Director, Universal Credit Business Transformation, Department for Work and Pensions. For services to the reform of workplace pensions and voluntary service to disadvantaged children. (London)

John Keelty. Director, finance planning and performance, HM Revenue and Customs. For services to improving tax systems. (Brookwood, Surrey)

Iain Benjamin King. Stability adviser, Department for International Development. For services to governance in Libya, Afghanistan and Kosovo. (London)

Mrs Pauline Leeson. Chief executive, Children in Northern Ireland. For services to children in Northern Ireland. (Belfast)

Richard Lewis. Chairman, Sport England, and lately executive chair, Rugby Football League. For services to sports administration. (Shepley, West Yorkshire)

Geoffrey Howard Lister. For services to training in the construction industry. (Leeds, West Yorkshire)

Wade Cleone Lyn. Founder and managing director, Cleone Foods and Board Member, Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP. For services to business in the West Midlands. (Birmingham, West Midlands)

Charles Dorsey MacKay. Chairman, Historic Royal Palaces. For services to heritage and conservation. (London)

Professor Alison Murray MacLeod. Professor of medicine, Aberdeen University. For services to life science research. (Ballater, Aberdeenshire)

Paul Martin. Ministry of Defence. For services to defence. (London) Allan Johnstone Massie. Journalist and author. For services to literature. (Selkirk, Scottish Borders)

Ms Kathleen Denise McDonagh. Director of IT delivery, shared services directorate, Home Office. For services to information technology. (London)

Neil Scott Wishart McIntosh. Chief executive officer, CfBT Education Trust. For services to education. (Goring, Oxfordshire)

Dr Robert McIntosh. Director Scotland, Forestry Commission. For services to forestry. (Kinross, Perth and Kinross)

Dr Ruth Mitchell McKernan. Senior vice president, Pfizer, and chief scientific officer, Neusentis. For services to business and innovation. (Faversham, Kent)

David McLetchie. Member of the Scottish parliament and former leader of the Scottish Conservative party. (Edinburgh)

Peter Francis McNaney. Chief executive, Belfast city council. For services to local government and the community. (Belfast)

Peter William Mead. Co-founder, Abbott Mead Vickers. For services to the creative industries. (London)

Ronnie Edward Mercer. Chairman, Scottish Water. For services to the public sector water utility in Scotland. (Kilmacolm, Ayrshire and Arran)

David Frederick Montague. Group chief executive, London and Quadrant. For services to housing in London. (London)

Paul Richard Morgan. Regional director, south-east and Europe, UK Border Force, Home Office. For services to border safety and security. (Dover, Kent)

Mrs Dale Jane Murray. Entrepreneur and business investor. For services to business. (London)

Professor (Thomas) Hugh Pennington, FRSE. Emeritus professor of bacteriology, University of Aberdeen. For services to microbiology and food hygiene. (Aberdeen)

Grayson Perry. Ceramic artist. For services to contemporary art. (London)

David John Pitchford, LVO. Head of profession, Major Projects Authority. For services to government project management. (London)

Ms Jane Platt. Chief executive, National Savings and Investments. For financial service to the UK. (London)

Mrs Linda Pollard, OBE, DL. For services to business and to the community in Yorkshire and the Humber. (Leeds, West Yorkshire)

Dr Leonard Selwyn Polonsky. Philanthropist. For charitable services. (London)

Councillor Gary Andrew Porter. Leader, South Holland District Council, and vice chairman, Local Government Association. For services to local government. (Spalding, Lincolnshire)

Samuel Brian Rea, MBE. Chair, Northern Ireland Policing Board. For services to policing and the community in Northern Ireland. (Donaghadee, Down)

Jonathan Alistair James Reekie. Chief executive, Aldeburgh Music. For services to music. (Snape, Suffolk)

Ms Joanna Mary Reid. Deputy director, Department for International Development. For humanitarian service to Yemen. (London)

Mrs Emma Rice. Founder, Emma Bridgewater Ltd. For services to industry.

Ms Susan Lloyd-Roberts, MBE. Journalist. For services to journalism. (London)

Professor Anthony George Rudd. National clinical director for stroke, St Thomas’ Hospital, London. For services to stroke medicine. (London)

Ms Jasvinder Sanghera. Founder, Karma Nirvana. For services to victims of forced marriage and honour-based violence. (Duffield, Derbyshire)

Donald Anthony Sargent. General director, Sage Gateshead. For services to the arts in north-east England. (Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Tyne and Wear)

Professor John Peter Scott, FBA. Pro vice-chancellor for research and professor in sociology, University of Plymouth. For services to social science. (Lostwithiel, Cornwall)

Ms Jeanette Siddall. For services to dance. (London)

Professor James Ferguson Skea, OBE. Professor of sustainable energy, Centre for Environmental Policy, Imperial College London. For services to sustainable energy. (Brighton, East Sussex)

Christie Smith. Formerly head of Police and Fire Reform Division, Scottish government. For services to emergency services reform in Scotland. (North Berwick, East Lothian)

John Kevin Smith, QPM. Formerly chief constable, Central Scotland police. For services to law and order in central Scotland. (Newton Mearns, Glasgow)

Dr John Andrew Spence, OBE, DL. Chairman, South East Local Enterprise Partnership. For services to business in the south-east. (Chelmsford, Essex)

Nicholas Frederick Starr. Executive director, National Theatre. For services to theatre. (London)

Brian Stein. For services to Business and to the community in Leicestershire. (East Bridgford, Nottinghamshire)

Max Laurence Steinberg, OBE. For services to business and to the community in Liverpool. (Liverpool, Merseyside)

Gailene Patricia Stock. Director Royal Ballet School. For services to dance. (London)

Oliver Henry James Stocken. Chair of the trustees, Natural History Museum. For services to the arts. (London)

John Edward Taylor. Formerly chief executive officer, Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service. For services to employment relations. (London)

Jonathan Bruce Taylor. Deputy director, Pandemic Influenza Programme, and deputy director, Olympic and Paralympic Health Programme, London. For services to public health. (Stanmore, Middlesex)

Mrs Dorothy Carrington Thompson. Chief executive, Drax Group plc. For services to the UK electricity industry. (London)

Anthony Tomei. Formerly director, the Nuffield Foundation. For services to education. (London)

Mrs Teresa Margaret Tunnadine. Headteacher, the Compton School, London borough of Barnet. For services to education. (London)

Mrs Elaine Joy Beardsley-Turton. Head of people development, HR, Child Maintenance Group, Department for Work and Pensions. For services to child support. (Nottingham, Nottinghamshire)

David Peter Walden. Board member, Affinity Trust. For services to health and social care. (Cranleigh, Surrey)

Anthony Stanley Lau-Walker. Chief executive, Eastleigh College and Member, UK Commission for Employment and Skills. For services to further education. (Guildford, Surrey)

Professor Jeremy Daniel McKendrick Watson. Director, Global Research, Arup. For services to engineering. (Worthing, West Sussex)

Professor Albert Peter Weale, FBA. Professor of political theory and public policy, University College London. For services to political science. (Harston, Cambridgeshire)

Ms Victoria Kirstyn Williams, AM. Member of the Welsh assembly for Brecon and Radnorshire. For public and political service. (Brecon, Powys)

William Winters. Chief executive officer, Renshaw Bay. For services to the economy and UK financial services industry. (London)

Neil Russell Woodford. Head of UK investment, Invesco Perpetual. For services to the economy. (Henley on Thames, Oxfordshire)

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An interactive database allowing users to search more than 100,000 secret companies, trusts and funds created in offshore tax havens including the British Virgin Islands has gone online.

The data, part of a cache of 2.5m leaked files that has already led to a series of exposes of the offshore financial sector by the Guardian and other global media organisations, has been launched by the Washington-based International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ).

The ICIJ, a non-profit organisation that has analysed the files with more than 100 journalists in dozens of countries and is continuing to do so, hopes the Offshore Leaks web app will trigger further investigations and revelations by making the information more widely available.

The records have already laid bare a diverse collection of people using offshore hideaways, ranging from US dentists and middle-class Greek villagers to families of despots, Wall Street swindlers, Russian executives, international arms dealers and a company alleged to be a front for Iran’s nuclear development programme.

Fallout from the revelations has led to high-profile political and business resignations, including those of the deputy speaker of the Mongolian parliament and the chief executive of one of Austria’s biggest banks, and sparked official investigations in states including the Philippines, India, Greece and South Korea.

The disclosures have helped to push the issue of tax avoidance up the political agenda. Placing the issue at the centre of the forthcoming G8 summit in Northern Ireland, David Cameron has spoken of wanting the G8 to “knock down the walls of company secrecy” to reveal who really owns and controls firms.

French president François Hollande has also weighed in, calling for the “eradication” of tax havens, days after the ICIJ’s release of dozens of stories based on the secret offshore files. Hollande suffered embarrassment when the records revealed that Jean-Jacques Augier, his election campaign co-treasurer and close friend, had invested in offshore businesses in the Cayman Islands.

The Offshore Leaks app, developed by La Nación newspaper in Costa Rica for the ICIJ, allows users to explore the relationships between clients, offshore entities and the lawyers, accountants, banks and other intermediaries who help keep these arrangements secret.

It displays graphic visualisations of offshore entities and the networks around them including, where possible, the company’s true owners.

“After 17 months of reporting, ICIJ reporters and partners are still digging into this massive trove of financial information,” the ICIJ said.

“The Offshore Leaks database gives ICIJ an opportunity to reach journalists and regular citizens in every corner of the world, particularly in countries most affected by corruption and backroom deals. ICIJ believes many of the best stories may come from crowdsourcing, when readers explore the database.”


Founded in 1997, the ICIJ is a global network of 160 reporters in more than 60 countries. It was launched as a project of the Center for Public Integrity, a US-based nonprofit investigative journalism organization.

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Coventry bond donates to Cancer Research

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The Coventry building society has launched the UK’s top-paying short-term fixed-rate savings bond – with the added benefit of aiding cancer research.

The Race for Life Bond pays 2.1% and is fixed for 22 months until 30 April 2015. It is in partnership with Cancer Research UK and savers can sign up knowing that the building society will donate a sum equal to 0.1% of the total balances held in the bonds to help fund the charity.

The partnership builds on the success of the society’s Poppy accounts, which have seen £8m donated to the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal over the past five years.

Savers can invest a minimum of £1 – up to a maximum of £250,000 – and elect to receive their interest annually or monthly. If you go for the latter, the interest must be paid straight away.

Deposits must be made within 10 days of opening; additional deposits can be added as long as the bond is open to new investors, or for up to seven days after the initial investment.

Colin Franklin, Coventry director, says: “I am delighted we are launching the Race for Life Bond. Cancer Research UK gives hope to thousands of people through its ground-breaking research. We really want to encourage support for its work, and by doing the right thing for savers we hope we can improve the prospects of thousands of cancer sufferers.”

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Google Adword victory – ‘no’ to Esta copycats

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Following Money’s campaign to expose the copycat websites that trick the unwary into paying over the odds to access government services, Google has stopped advertising them to travellers applying for the “Esta” permit to enter the US.

Last week, anyone typing “Esta” (Electronic System for Travel Authorization) into Google, was presented with a host of sites offering to process clearances for travelling to the US for around £29. On the official site it costs less than £10.

By Thursday these sites had been removed from the advertising boxes that appear at the top of most search results. Google declined to comment on specific sites, but confirmed it had taken action this week. Our “Stop These Sites” campaign was launched to press for action after hundreds of readers complained they had been duped into paying over the odds for passports, health insurance cards, licence renewals and other government services. Complaints continue to pour in. Most initially focused on passport websites offering to “check” your application for £40. Attention then turned to Ehic health cards that are free from the official NHS site but cost up to £25 if “verified” by a copycat site.

This week, most complaints have come in from those flying to America and applying for Esta. Google’s position is that websites breaking its rules will be disabled from advertising, and it appears to have started applying its own rules more rigorously.

“Our ‘sale of free items and official services’ policy makes it very clear that we do not allow the promotion of sites that charge for products or services that are otherwise free, unless they clearly state the original service is available for free elsewhere, provide a working link to the official source where they can get the free service, as well as accurately represent the added value they are charging for. If we discover sites are breaking this policy we will take appropriate action,” it says.

Google has launched a page that allows consumers to report sites that break the rules. Also, keep letting us know about dodgy sites at money@guardian.co.uk

Victims of these sites report some success in getting their card provider to reimburse the fee, and if you have made a payment it is worth going down this route.

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Queen’s birthday honours list 2013: Knights

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Brendan Barber. Formerly general secretary, Trades Union Congress. For services to employment relations. (London)

Nigel Bogle. Co-founder and group chairman, Bartle Bogle Hegarty. For services to the advertising industry. (London)

David Anthony Carter. Executive principal, Cabot Learning Federation. For services to education. (Nailsworth, Gloucestershire)

Andrew William Dilnot, CBE. Chairman, UK Statistics Authority and warden, Nuffield College, University of Oxford. For services to economics and economic policy. (Oxford, Oxfordshire)

Kenneth Archibald Gibson. Executive headteacher, Harton Technology College, Jarrow school, South Tyneside and Academy 360, Sunderland. For services to education. (Cleadon, Tyne and Wear)

Professor Malcolm John Grant, CBE. President and provost, University College London. For services to higher education. (London)

Dr Andrew James Hall. Chair, Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation. For services to public health. (London)

John Robert Hills, CBE. Professor of social policy, London School of Economics. For services to social policy development. (London)

Michael Hintze, AM. Philanthropist. For services to the arts. (London)

Stephen Geoffrey Houghton, CBE. Leader, Barnsley metropolitan borough council. For parliamentary and political services. (Barnsley, South Yorkshire)

Stephen House, QPM. Chief Constable, Police Service of Scotland. For services to law and order. (Kincardine, Fife)

Anish Mikhail Kapoor, CBE. Sculptor. For services to visual arts. (London)

Professor Peng Tee Khaw. Consultant ophthalmic surgeon and professor Moorfields Eye hospital and UCL, London. For services to ophthalmology. (London)

Edward Julian Egerton Leigh, MP. Member of parliament for Gainsborough and lately chair, public accounts committee. For public and political service. (London)

Gregory Michael Gerard Martin. Executive head, Durand Academy, London borough of Lambeth. For services to education. (Rotherfield, East Sussex)

Andrew Charles Mayfield. Chair, John Lewis Partnership and chair, UK Commission for Employment and Skills. For services to business. (Newbury, Berkshire)

Professor David Harry Metcalf, CBE. Chair, Migration Advisory Committee, London. For services to UK migration policy. (London)

Jonathan Edward Harland (John) Mills, FRSE. Director and chief executive, Edinburgh international festival. For services to culture. (Edinburgh)

Richard Lake Olver. Chairman, BAE Systems plc. For services to business. (Danbury, Essex)

Professor Stephen Patrick O’Rahilly, FRS. Professor of clinical biochemistry and medicine, University of Cambridge, Cambridgeshire. For services to medical research. (Cambridge, Cambridgeshire)

Howard Hugh Panter. Co-founder, Joint chief executive and creative director, Ambassador Theatre Group. For services to theatre. (West Byfleet, Surrey)

Professor Christopher Antoniou Pissarides, FBA. School professor of economics and political science, London School of Economics and Political Science. For services to economics. (London)

Anthony Robinson. For public and political service. (London)

Anthony Michael Vaughan Salz. For voluntary service to young people and public life. (London)

David Richard Alexander Scott, CBE. Chief executive, Digital UK. For services to digital switchover. (London)

Professor Nigel Richard Shadbolt. Professor of artificial intelligence, University of Southampton. For services to science and engineering. (Lymington, Hampshire)

Professor Michael Rudolf Stratton, FRS. Director, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute. For services to medical science. (London)

The Rt Hon Robert Andrew Stunell, OBE, MP. Member of parliament for Hazel Grove. For public and political service. (Stockport, Greater Manchester)

Professor Eric Jackson Thomas. Vice-Chancellor, University of Bristol and president, Universities UK. For services to higher education. (Romsey, Hampshire)

Order of the Bath

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Jonathan Andrew de Sievrac Stephens. Permanent secretary, Department for Culture, Media and Sport. For public service especially to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. (London)

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Andrew Simon Campbell. Director of strategy and performance team, Department for Communities and Local Government. For services to the civil service and to local government reform. (Godalming, Surrey)

Jeremy Patrick Stewart Crawford. Formerly chief executive, UK Export Finance. For services to UK exports. (London)

Ms Melanie Henrietta Dawes. For services to the civil service in the field of economic policy. (London)

Mrs Elizabeth Anne Finlay Gardiner. Parliamentary counsel, Cabinet Office. For services to the preparation of legislation. (Bishop’s Stortford, Hertfordshire)

Ms Ann Frances Gross. Director of foundation years and special educational needs group, Department for Education. For services to special education and social care. (London)

Paul Graham Kirby. Formerly director, No 10 Policy Unit. For services to public service reform. (Wallingford, Oxfordshire)

Allan Deverell Roberts. Formerly counsel to the chairman of committees, House of Lords. For services to the House of Lords. (London)

Miss Jennifer (Mrs Ellis) Rowe. Chief executive, UK supreme court and trustee, Royal British Legion. For services to the administration of justice and to the Royal British Legion.

Royal Victorian Order

GCVO

Lady Susan Katharine Hussey, DCVO. Lady in waiting to the Queen.

The Honourable Dame Mary Anne Morrison, DCVO. Lady in waiting to the Queen.

KCVO

Eric Dancer, CBE. Lord-Lieutenant of Devon.

CVO

Mrs Catherine Margaret Dean. Lord-Lieutenant of Fife.

Mrs Elisabeth Aline Clare Hunka, LVO. Director of personnel, Royal Household.

Marcus James O’Lone, LVO. Land agent, Sandringham estate.

The Honourable James Henry Leigh-Pemberton. Receiver-General, Duchy of Cornwall.

Maj Alexander Richard Trotter. Lord-Lieutenant of Berwickshire.

LVO

Michael Philip Batt. For services to the Royal Household.

Dr Trevor Austin Carmichael, QC. Formerly trustee, The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation.

Mark Fromont, MVO, RVM. Head chef, Royal Household.

Mrs Alison Frances Moore-Gwyn. Formerly chief executive, National Playing Fields Association.

Lt Col Edward Lloyd-Jukes, OBE. Yeoman Usher of the Black Rod.

Robert Guy Mitchell, MVO. Head of human resources, Duchy of Cornwall.

Patrick Derek Passley. Formerly trustee, the Prince’s Trust.

Michael Richard Sefi. Keeper of the Royal Philatelic Collection.

Adrian Michael Smith, MVO. Assistant to the master of the household, C Branch, Royal Household.

Mrs Amanda Jane Thirsk. Private secretary to the Duke of York.

MVO

Malcolm Anthony Barrett, RVM. Custodian, California Stores and the Royal Mausoleum.

Professor Rodney Brazier. For services to constitutional law.

Mrs Jennifer Ruth Chapman. Formerly secretary to Princess Alexandra, the Honourable Lady Ogilvy.

Miss Jacqueline Patricia Clarke. Retail operations manager, Royal Collection.

Nicholas John Dawson. Deputy head, Aberdovey Centre, Outward Bound.

Bernard Patrick John Flannery, RVM. Head butler, Household of the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall.

Maj Peter Antony Flynn. Equerry to the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall.

Richard John Furstenheim. Organist and director of music, Chapel Royal, Windsor Great Park.

Peter Gates. Management accountant, Royal Collection Enterprises Limited.

Mrs Lucinda Emma Mina Gibbon. Personal assistant to the Comptroller, Lord Chamberlain’s Office.

Sgt John Graham Hazel. Metropolitan police. For services to royalty protection.

Terence Charles Holdforth, RVM. House manager and butler, Royal Lodge.

Sgt Stuart Dale Richards. Metropolitan police. For services to royalty protection.

David William Ripley. Director of learning and adventure, Outward Bound Trust.

Miss Claudia Catherine Spens. Head of general correspondence, Household of the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall.

Miss Helen Margaret Walch. Public enterprises manager, Sandringham estate.

Andrew Westwood. Communications systems analyst, Royal Household.

Gary Michael Wilson, RVM. Chief gilder, Royal Household.

Royal Victorian Medal

Bar to RVM

Frederick Arthur Ind, RVM. Estate worker, Highgrove.

RVM

Robert Idwal Bellis. Yeoman warder, HM Tower of London.

Alexander Douglas Burnett. Yeoman bed goer, the Queen’s Body Guard of the Yeomen of the Guard.

Mrs Teresa Rose Coolahan. Housekeeper, Wood Farm.

Christopher Gay. Senior porter, Palace of Holyroodhouse.

Mrs Alexandra MacMillan. Formerly daily cleaner, Palace of Holyroodhouse.

Mrs Philippa Jane (Pippa) Ozard. Head chef, Government House, Guernsey.

Mrs Eila Rita Doreen Peters. Formerly upholsteress and general assistant, Royal Household.

James Martin Scurlock. Gardener, Highgrove.

Ian Charles Watmore. Gamekeeper, crown estate, Windsor.

Mark Welford. Team leader, landscape unit, crown estate, Windsor.

Order of the Companions of Honour

Members

The Rt Hon Sir Walter Menzies Campbell, CBE, QC, MP. Member of parliament for North East Fife. For public and political service. (Edinburgh)

Sir Nicholas Andrew Serota. Director, Tate. For services to art. (London)

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Queen’s birthday honours list 2013: OBE

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Adesola Olumide Adetosoye. Formerly divisional director, children and young people’s services, Lambeth council. For services to children and young people. (Bexleyheath, Kent)

Kwame Akuffo, JP. Formerly member, Social Security Advisory Committee. For services to social policy and to the community in west London. (Ruislip, Middlesex)

Ms Hilary Alexander. Fashion editor. For services to fashion journalism. (London)

Mrs Susan Margaret Anderson. Council member, Advisory Conciliation and Arbitration Service and member, Low Pay Commission. For services to employment relations. (Chislehurst, Kent)

Brian Annable. For services to cycling. (Edinburgh)

David Ulrich Armitage. For services to charitable giving in Yorkshire and the UK. (Brighouse, West Yorkshire)

Alan David Armstrong. Chairman and chief executive officer, Almac Group. For services to the economy in Northern Ireland. (Ballyclare, Antrim)

Professor Wendy Sheila Atkin. Professor in gastrointestinal epidemiology, Imperial College London. For services to bowel cancer prevention. (London)

Trevor Baker. Ministry of Defence. For services to fefence. (London)

Ms Clare Victoria Balding. Sports presenter and journalist. For services to broadcasting and journalism. (London)

Miss Georgina Elizabeth Balmforth. Grade 6, head of Protective Security Section, Office for Security and Counter Terrorism, Home Office. For services to protective security. (Burgess Hill, West Sussex)

Edward Barber. Co-Founder, barber and Osgerby. For services to the design industry. (London)

Derek Alan Barnett. Formerly chief superintendent, president Police Superintendents’ Association of England and Wales. For services to policing. (Northwich, Cheshire)

Mrs Kamal Basran. Founder, The Authentic Food Company. For services to business and charity. (Wilmslow, Cheshire)

Arthur Leonard Jack Bate. Disability adviser, Hertfordshire council. For services to people with disabilities in Hertfordshire. (Stevenage, Hertfordshire)

Mrs Rachel Catherine Christie Below. Finance business change lead, Home Office. For services to government financial management. (Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire)

Mrs Susan Jane Bernhauser. Formerly dean of human and health sciences, University of Huddersfield. For services to nursing. (Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex)

Mrs Andrea Lesley Bilbow. Founder and chief executive, Attention Deficit Information and Support Service. For services to people with attention deficit and their families. (Edgware, Middlesex)

Ms Ann Black. Secretary, Constituency Labour party, Oxford East. For parliamentary and political service. (Oxford, Oxfordshire)

Derek Booker. Director, Lagan Legacy. For services to maritime and industrial heritage in Northern Ireland. (Belfast) (John) Richard Boulter. Group head, growth and livelihoods, Department for International Development. For services to reconstruction in Afghanistan. (Edenbridge, Kent)

Ernest Colin Brace. Chairman, Brace’s Bakery. For services to the baking industry and to the community in Wales. (Blackwood, Mid Glamorgan)

Mrs Norma Susan Brier, JP. For services to children and people with learning disabilities. (Pinner, Middlesex)

Robert James Broadhurst, QPM. Formerly commander, Metropolitan Police Service. For services to public order policing of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. (West Wickham, Kent)

Christian Philip Teilo Brown. For voluntary and charitable services to the community in Monmouthshire. (Abergavenny, Monmouthshire)

William McKenzie Brown. Formerly principal officer for energy efficiency, Glasgow city council. For services to the reduction of fuel poverty in Glasgow. (Rutherglen, Lanarkshire)

Russell Bryan. Ministry of Defence. For services to defence. (London)

Richard Bullock, DL. For services to the Shrievalty in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire and to the community in Nottingham. (Scarrington, Nottinghamshire)

Mrs Kathryn Jane Campbell. Formerly manager, Eco-Schools Scotland. For services to environmental education and sustainable development. (Edinburgh)

Ms Rosemary Campbell. Formerly board member and chair, UK Network of Sex Work Projects. For services to vulnerable women. (Liverpool, Merseyside)

John Maither Carnochan, QPM. Formerly head, National Violence Reduction Unit. For services to community safety. (Carluke, Lanarkshire)

Mrs Dora Clark. Head of reference services, House of Commons Library. For services to the House of Commons. (London)

Mrs Diane Clarke. Field director for the north of England, Conservative party. For public and political service. (York, North Yorkshire)

Mrs Lesley Mary Clarke. Chair, Women in Local Government Association. For services to local government. (High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire)

Martin Alan Clarke. Chief executive, British Precast Concrete Federation. For services to industry. (Wotton under Edge, Gloucestershire)

Ms Ishika Nita Clarke. For services to employee engagement and business. (London)

James Andrew Clifford. Business adviser and head, charity and education sector advisory team, Baker Tilly Chartered Accountants. For services to social investment. (Colnbrook, Berkshire)

Robert Collington. Operations director, Thames Water. For services to consumers in London and the Thames Valley, particularly during drought. (Reading, Berkshire)

Norman Cooke. Formerly headteacher, Cloughside College, Prestwich, Manchester. For services to education. (Oldham, Greater Manchester)

Allen Worgan Cotton. For services to agriculture and to the community in Somerset. (Glastonbury, Somerset)

David John Wilson Crabbe. Grade 7, Department for Regional Development, Northern Ireland Executive. For service to governance and to the community in Northern Ireland. (Bangor, Down)

Michael Davies. Chair, The Royal Mint and Chair, Manchester Airports Group. For services to business. (Burbage, Leicestershire)

Peter James Davis. Grade 6, Ministry of Defence. For services to the armed forces, especially in support of Afghan operations. (Trowbridge, Wiltshire)

Professor Rosemary Deem. Vice-Principal (education) and former dean of history and social science, Royal Holloway, University of London. For services to higher education and social science. (Richmond, Surrey)

Mrs Rita Marie Dexter. Deputy commissioner, London Fire Brigade. For services to local government and to the Fire and Rescue Service in London. (Teddington, Middlesex)

Mrs Kay Dimelow. Headteacher, Huntingdon nursery school and director, Huntingdon Town children’s centre. For services to education. (Sawtry, Cambridgeshire)

Professor John Michael Dixon. Breast cancer surgeon, Western general hospital, Edinburgh. For services to the treatment of breast cancer and for charitable services. (Edinburgh)

Professor Peter James Dobson. Director, Oxford University, Begbrooke Business and Science Park. For services to science and engineering. (Kidlington, Oxfordshire)

Professor Jenny Linda Donovan. Professor of social medicine, School of Social and Community Medicine, University of Bristol, South West. For services to social medicine. (Bristol)

Ms Claire Dove, MBE, DL. Chief executive, Blackburne House and chair, Social Enterprise UK. For services to social enterprise. (Liverpool, Merseyside)

John Francis Duffy. Secretary, Fire Brigade Union Scotland. For services to the Fire and Rescue Service in Scotland. (Forfar, Angus)

Mrs Sarah Jane Dunnett. Chair, Dartford and Gravesham NHS trust. For services to the National Health Service. (Sevenoaks, Kent)

Steven Edwards. Social entrepreneur. For services to philanthropy and higher education. (Chrishall, Essex)

Stephen Eley. Grade 6, Ministry of Defence. For public service, especially in support of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. (Salisbury, Wiltshire)

David Ellis. For services to people with learning disabilities. (London)

James Stuart Espey. For services to the whisky industry. (London)

Professor Dylan Jones-Evans. Economist. For public and political service. (Cardiff)

Keith Abel Falconer. Formerly head of Regional Office, Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. For services to industrial architecture. (Frome, Somerset)

Robin Ian Wilson Fell. Principal doorkeeper, House of Commons. For services to parliament. (New Barnet, Hertfordshire)

Andrew Robert Finding. Chief executive, British Equestrian Federation. For services to equestrianism and the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. (Banbury, Oxfordshire)

Joseph Fogg. Revaluation liaison officer, Valuation Office Agency. For services to valuation. (Sale, Greater Manchester)

Professor Peter Fonagy, FBA. Chief executive, The Anna Freud Centre. For services to psychoanalysis and clinical psychology. (London)

Miss Kathryn Estelle Foster. Temporary Grade 6, UK Border Force, Home Office. For services to border security and the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. (Reigate, Surrey)

Ms Fiona Bernadette Fox. Chief executive officer, Science Media Centre. For services to science. (London)

Dr Jonathan Charles Frost. Director, Johnson Matthey Fuel Cells. For services to innovation. (Berkshire)

Professor Graham Lytton Furniss, FBA. Professor of African language literature, School of Oriental and African Studies. For services to higher education and scholarship. (Harrow, Middlesex)

Mrs Maureen Ellen Garvie. Formerly principal estates surveyor, Scottish government. For services to government property management. (Dunfermline, Fife)

Mrs Pauline Gavin. Headteacher, St Bartholomews Church of England primary school, Leeds. For services to education. (Batley, West Yorkshire)

Mrs Anne Patricia Bull-George. Headteacher, Weston All Saints Church of England primary school, Somerset. For services to education. (Devizes, Wiltshire)

John Gilhooly. Director, Wigmore Hall. For services to music. (London)

Stephen Hugh Glass. Grade 6, Ministry of Defence. For services to defence equipment acquisition. (Bristol)

Alan Glennie. Deputy departmental records officer, Cabinet Office. For services to the Cabinet Office and public records management. (Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire)

Mrs Pamela Jill Goldberg. For charitable and public service through the Breast Cancer Campaign and the General Advisory Committee on Science. (London)

David Michael Gordon. Head of major events, BBC Sport. For services to broadcasting and the London 2012 Olympic Games. (Pinner, Middlesex)

Laurence Graff. Founder, Graff Diamonds. For services to the jewellery industry. (London)

Mrs Alexandra Gray. Nurse consultant, Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service. For services to blood transfusion. (Edinburgh)

Professor Selwyn Michael Griffin. Consultant surgeon and professor of gastrointestinal surgery, The Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle upon Tyne. For services to health. (Gateshead, Tyne and Wear)

Elliot Griffiths, JP. Formerly magistrate, West Glamorgan. For services to the administration of justice. (Neath, West Glamorgan)

Stephen John Grix. Principal, MidKent College. For services to further education. (Higham, Kent)

Gareth Gwenlan. Producer and director. For services to broadcasting. (Near Ledbury, Herefordshire)

Mrs Eunice Julie Halliday. Project co-ordinator, Plymouth Methodist Mission Circuit. For services to the community in Plymouth. (Plymouth, Devon)

Leonard Thomas Hatton. Chairman and president, SportsAid. For services to sport. (Berkshire)

Anthony James Heaton. Chief executive, Shape Arts. For services to the arts and the disability arts movement. (London)

Patrick Kurt Heisel. Head of bureaucracy reduction for schools, Department for Education. For public service to education and diversity and voluntary service through the special constabulary.

Dr Josephine Hockley. Nurse consultant, St Christopher’s Hospice. For services to palliative care nursing. (Reigate, Surrey)

Mrs Janet Hodges, JP. Chief executive officer, The Edge Foundation. For services to further and higher education. (Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex)

Miss Tina Holmes. Ministry of Defence. For service to defence. (London)

Ms Mandy Johnston Hope. Grade 7, Ministry of Defence. For public service, especially in support of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. (Westbury, Wiltshire)

Christian Edward Johnston Horner. Team principal, Red Bull F1 Team. For services to motorsport. (Banbury, Oxfordshire)

Professor James Hough, FRS, FRSE. Chief executive, Scottish Universities Physics Alliance and research professor in natural philosophy, University of Glasgow. For services to science. (Dunbartonshire)

Mrs Sharron Hughes. Head of learning and development operations, Crown Prosecution Service. For services to law and order particularly in learning and development. (Selby, North Yorkshire)

David Hutchison. Chief executive officer, social finance. For services to finance. (Abingdon, Oxfordshire)

David Ireland. Chief executive, Empty Homes. For services to housing. (London)

Albert Henry Thomas Irvin. Artist. For services to the visual arts. (London)

Andrew Stephen Vallance Jones. Formerly first secretary (migration), British embassy, Kabul. For services to international migration operations. (Wellington, Somerset)

Doiran Jones, JP. Formerly chair, Melin Homes Ltd. For services to housing in south Wales. (Pontypool, Torfaen)

Dylan Jones. Editor, GQ. For services to the publishing and British fashion industry. (London)

Ms Teresa Kelly. Principal, Abingdon and Witney College. For services to further education and young people with learning difficulties and disabilities. (Birmingham, West Midlands)

Michael Johnathan Kent. Chief executive Officer, Bromford Housing Group. For services to social housing. (Wolverhampton, West Midlands)

Professor Janice Mary Kirkpatrick. Co-Founder, Graven Images. For services to graphic design. (Girvan, Ayrshire and Arran)

James Scott Lambert. Executive chairman and CEO, RR Ice Cream. For services to manufacturing in North Yorkshire. (Catterick, North Yorkshire)

Paul Lawrie, MBE. Golfer and Founder, the Paul Lawrie Foundation. For voluntary service to golf. (Bieldside, Aberdeen)

Professor Malcolm Lewis. Sub-Dean and director of General Practice Education, Wales Deanery, Cardiff University. For services to medical education. (Swansea)

Mrs Sylvia Libson. Executive headteacher, Furness primary and Oakington Manor primary schools, Brent. For services to education. (London)

Mrs Gaye Linklater. Formerly headteacher, Hermitage Park primary school, Edinburgh. For services to education. (Edinburgh)

Dr Janet Mary Little. Consultant, public health. For services to healthcare in Northern Ireland. (Newtownards, Down)

Robert Alan Lloyd. Formerly Councillor, Swansea council. For services to local government and democracy in Wales and abroad. (Swansea)

Alan William Mabbutt. Head of local government, Conservative Campaign Headquarters. For services to local government and political engagement. (Buckingham, Buckinghamshire)

David MacLeod. For services to employee engagement and business. (Peterborough, Cambridgeshire)

Kenneth MacLeod. Chairman, Stena Line (UK) Ltd. For services to the shipping industry and charity. (Gourock, Renfrewshire)

Dr Richard John Mantle, DL. General director, Opera North. For services to music. (Harrogate, North Yorkshire)

Ms Marie Marin. Chief executive officer, Employers Childcare Charitable Group. For services to social enterprise. (Dunmurry, Belfast)

David Andrew Martin. Designer, Interactive SmartBoard and executive chairman, SMART Technologies Inc. For services to education. (Alberta, Canada)

George Stephen Martin. Liaison officer, the Prince’s Trust. For services to local government. (Burnley, Lancashire)

Richard David Martin, JP. Head of coastal resources, Maritime and Coastguard Agency. For services to HM Coastguard. (New Milton, Hampshire)

Nicholas Mason. Co-founder, Growing Against Gangs and Violence, London. For services to young people. (London)

Ms Kiki Maurey. Founder, Kiki Maurey Consultancy Ltd. For services to women and minority groups in business. (Lyndhurst, Hampshire)

Norman Derek McBurney. Founder and director, McBurney Transport Group. For services to the haulage industry and the community through Ballymena United Football Club. (Ballymena, Antrim)

Shaun Patrick McCarthy. Chair, Commission for Sustainable London 2012. For services to sustainability and to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. (Maidenhead, Berkshire)

Derek Stuart McGill. Governor in Charge, HM Prison Barlinnie, Scottish Prison Service. For public service to the Scottish Prison Service. (Milton of Campsie, Glasgow)

Mrs Alison McInnes. MSP. Member of the Scottish parliament for North East Scotland. For public and political service. (Aberdeenshire)

Ms Amanda Eliza McMillan. Managing director, Glasgow Airport. For services to business and tourism. (Glasgow)

Suraj Kumar Minocha. Crown advocate, national prosecution team, Crown Prosecution Service. For services to law and order particularly the early guilty plea scheme. (Ridgmont, Bedfordshire)

Dorab Erach Mistry. Vice-Chair, Inter-Faith Network UK. For services to the Zoroastrian community and to inter-faith relations in the UK. (Hertfordshire)

Mrs Katherine Louise Mosse. Author and co-founder, the Women’s Prize for Fiction. For services to literature. (Chichester, West Sussex)

Dr Helen Margaret Mounsey. Formerly non-executive chair, Coal Authority. For services to the environment and coal industry. (Farnham, Surrey)

Raymond Thomas Murray. Head of information systems and records management division, department of justice, Northern Ireland executive. For public and charitable services in Northern Ireland. (Newtownards, Down)

James Edward Mutton. Formerly principal and chief executive, Loughborough College. For services to further education. (Hinckley, Leicestershire)

Ms Joan Lee Myers. Nurse consultant, Community Children’s Nursing NHS, Whittington Heath. For services to children and nursing. (London)

Stephen Myers. Director of accelerators and technology, CERN. For services to science and technology. (Geneva, Switzerland)

Ms Geeta Nanda. Chief executive, Thames Valley Housing Association. For services to social housing. (Twickenham, Middlesex)

Lloyd Newson. Founder and director, DV8 Physical Theatre. For services to contemporary dance. (London)

Professor Julia Alison Noble. Professor of biomedical engineering, University of Oxford. For services to science and engineering. (Oxford, Oxfordshire)

Patrick James O’Connell. Senior commercial manager, Department for Work and Pensions. For services to DWP Estates and to the community in the London Borough of Harrow. (Harrow Weald, Middlesex)

Mrs Pauline Odulinski. Principal and chief executive, Aylesbury College. For services to further education. (Thame, Oxfordshire)

Professor Katherine Leni Oglesby. Member, Higher Education Funding Council for Wales and member, Higher Education Funding Council for England. For services to higher education. (Sheffield, South Yorkshire)

Alan Opie. Operatic baritone. For services to music. (Dorking, Surrey)

Jay Osgerby. Co-Founder, Barber and Osgerby. For services to the design industry. (London)

Gareth John Danby Owen. Emergency director, Save the Children. For services to Emergency Crisis Response Abroad. (London)

John Ifor Rewbridge Owen. Grade 6, Ministry of Defence. For services to defence research. (Fleet, Hampshire)

Ms Anne Catherine Oxborough. Formerly assistant principal, Exeter College. For services to further education. (Exeter, Devon)

Michael Parker. Formerly board member, Sea Fish Industry Authority. For services to the seafood industry and the community in Grimsby. (Beverley, East Riding of Yorkshire)

Mrs Wendy Ann Parry. For services to community relations through The Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Foundation for Peace. (Warrington, Cheshire)

Mrs Naseem Sheema Parsons. Headmistress, St Mark’s Square nursery school, Regents Park, London. For services to early years education. (London)

Ms Barbara Payne. Senior education adviser, Department for International Development. For services to education in developing countries. (Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear)

Charles Edward Hunter-Pease. Trustee, Royal National Lifeboat Institution. For services to maritime safety. (Beckley, Oxfordshire)

Anthony Paul Pedder, DL. For services to business, health and the voluntary sector in Sheffield. (Sheffield, South Yorkshire)

Professor Judith Eleri Phillips. Deputy professor of gerontology, deputy pro-vice chancellor and director of the Research Institute for Applied Social Sciences, Swansea University. For services to older people. (Swansea)

Michael Phillips. Chair, Keep Britain Tidy. For voluntary services to the community and local environment. (Wigton, Cumbria)

Robert Laurence Pickford. Formerly director, Social Services for Wales. For services to social services and social care standards in Wales. (Cardiff)

Mrs Jean Marian Pinkerton. Formerly headteacher, Datchet St Mary’s Church of England primary academy. For services to education. (Staines upon Thames, Surrey)

Phillip Jon Plowman. Comedy producer. For services to British comedy. (London)

Peter Frederick Posner. For services to the YMCA in the UK and abroad. (Belper, Derbyshire)

Michael Quicke. Formerly trustee, National Trust. For services to national heritage. (London)

Ian Quinton. Formerly deputy assistant commissioner, Metropolitan Police Service. For services to assurance planning for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. (Garvestone, Norfolk)

Steven Reed, MP. Formerly deputy chair, Local Government Association. For services to local government. (London)

Richard David Regan. For services to the City of London Corporation and for voluntary service in London. (Farnborough, Hampshire)

Reginald Hunter Reid. For services to architecture and community engagement in Glasgow. (Milngavie, Dunbartonshire)

David Robinson. President, Speedo International. For services to economic development in the East Midlands. (Nottingham, Nottinghamshire)

David John Kendal Rosbottom. Chair of governors, Winstanley College, Wigan. For services to education. (Wigan, Lancashire)

Leslie Rose. Patron, Make-a-Wish Foundation UK. For services to children and families. (London)

Mrs Bridget Clare Rosewell. For services to the economy. (London)

Andrew Campbell Ross. Formerly chief executive, The Children’s Trust. For services to children. (Horsham, West Sussex)

Anthony Sadler. Policy and technical specialist and team leader, business tax, HM Revenue and Customs. For services to tax policy work. (London)

Saleh Saeed. Chief executive officer, Disasters Emergency Committee. For services to humanitarian work. (West Bromwich, West Midlands)

Jeremy Sainsbury. Director, Natural Power. For services to renewable energy and to the community in Dumfries and Galloway. (Dalry, Ayrshire and Arran)

Toby Francis Sargent. Deputy head of news, Department for Culture, Media and Sport. For services to government communications. (Hayes, Kent)

Ms Diane Rebecca Wendy Savory (Mrs Hill). Chair, Gloucestershire Local Enterprise Partnership. For services to business in Gloucestershire.

Karl Russell Seal. Formerly chair of council, University of Exeter. For services to higher education. (Salcombe, Devon)

David Andrew Seddon. Principal, Baxter Business and Enterprise College, Worcestershire. For services to education. (Abberley, Worcestershire)

John Macfarlane Sellar. Formerly crime enforcement officer, Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species. For services to wildlife conservation. (Huntly, Aberdeenshire)

Ms Srabani Sen. Chief executive officer, Contact a Family. For services to children and families. (London)

Martin Walter Shaw. Beekeeper. For services to the National Bee Unit and to bee keeping. (Isle of Anglesey)

Shahid Sheikh. Formerly chairman, Institute of Directors, Leicestershire. For services to business in the East Midlands. (Leicester, Leicestershire)

Mark Peter Simmonds. Formerly international director of Science, the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society. For services to environmental science and marine mammal conservation. (Bath, Somerset)

Professor Monique Sheelagh Jacquard Simmonds, JP. Director, Kew Innovation Unit. For services to science, environment, technological innovation and the community. (Farnborough, Hampshire)

Professor Margaret Campbell Smith. Dean of the School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Dundee. For services to healthcare. (Kelvinside, Glasgow)

Mrs (Catherine) Anne Smyth. Deputy chair, Standing Commission on Carers. Founder and director, Carers’ Resource, Harrogate and Craven, Bradford and Airedale. For services to carers. (Ripon, North Yorkshire)

Ms Julia Mary Fownes Somerville. Chair, Government Art Collection Advisory Committee. For services to art. (London)

Ms Anna Southall. For public and charitable services. (Bristol)

Ms Jill Stein. Director, The Seafood Restaurant. For services to the restaurant industry. (Padstow, Cornwall)

Ms Danielle Caroline Stewart (Mrs Bannister). Partner, Baker Tilly. For services to accountancy and to small businesses.

Dr Mary Stiasny. Pro-director, Learning and International, Institute of Education. For services to higher education. (London)

Ms Jean Stogdon. Co-Founder and Co-Chair, Grandparents Plus. For services to children and families. (London)

Ms Carol Anne Storer. Director, Legal Aid Practitioners Group. For services to legal aid. (London)

Clive Strowger. For voluntary services to business and charity in London. (Caterham, Surrey)

Mrs Arlene Sugden. Head of shared services, HM Revenue and Customs. For services to government efficiency. (Cumbernauld, Glasgow)

Dr Cynthia Marie Sughrue. Chief executive officer and executive producer, Scottish Ballet. For services to dance. (Glasgow)

Mrs Karen Sussex. Grade 7, settlement distribution and policy, local government finance, Department for Communities and Local Government. For services to local government finance. (London)

Dr Anne Teresa Tate. Medical adviser, Marie Curie Cancer Care and deputy national clinical director for End of Life Care. For services to palliative care. (London)

Mrs Satinder Kaur Taunque, DL. For voluntary and charitable services to inter-Ethnic Relations and to the community in the West Midlands. (Birmingham, West Midlands)

Mrs Allison Tennant. Nurse consultant, Peaks unit, Rampton hospital. For services to offender health. (Doncaster, South Yorkshire)

Mrs Linda Marcia Thompson. Formerly head, looked after children’s education team, London Borough of Ealing. For services to education. (Thames Ditton, Surrey)

Ms Julia Mary Bunting Thring. Formerly team leader, Aids and reproductive health, Department for International Development. For services to supporting reproductive health in developing countries. (Haywards Heath, West Sussex)

Adrian John Tinniswood. For services to heritage. (Bath, Somerset)

Ms Susan Torrance. Chief executive, Highland Housing Alliance. For services to affordable housing. (Cumbernauld, Lanarkshire)

James William Trail. Formerly managing director, Power and Control, Raytheon Systems Ltd. For services to the defence industry. (Glenrothes, Fife)

Mrs Charlotte Anne Triggs. Senior policy adviser, Crown Prosecution Service. For services to law and order especially prosecution of rape cases. (Weston Favell, Northamptonshire)

Ms Rachel Elizabeth Tuffin. Head of research, analysis and information, College of Policing. For services to policing. (London)

Mrs Anne Wallace. Director, Starting Point Community Learning Partnership Limited. For services to adult and community learning. (Stockport, Greater Manchester)

Ms Brenda Mary Wallace. Formerly Headteacher, Gumley House Convent school, Isleworth. For services to education. (London)

Keith Alexander Walters. President, Amateur Boxing Association. For services to amateur boxing. (London)

Professor John Oliver Warner. Formerly member, Advisory Committee on Novel Foods and Processes. For services to food allergy research. (Winchester, Hampshire)

Andrew Trace Allan Wates, DL. For services to family business, charity and to the community in Surrey. (Dorking, Surrey)

Professor Christopher Michael Wathes. Formerly chairman, Farm Animal Welfare Committee. For services to animal welfare. (Hatfield, Hertfordshire)

Mrs Patricia Watson. For services to business and disabled people. (Lenzie, Glasgow)

Stephen Robert Webb. Honorary vice-president, National Association of Clubs for Young People. For services to young people. (Nailsworth, Gloucestershire)

Miss Angela Marie Whelan. Formerly headteacher, St. Paul’s School for Girls, Edgbaston. For services to education in Birmingham. (Birmingham, West Midlands)

Mrs Katie Jayne White. Formerly head of international and UK engagement, Department of Energy and Climate Change. For services to tackling climate change engagement in the UK and overseas. (London)

Edward John Whitley. Founder and trustee, Whitley Fund for Nature. For services to wildlife conservation. (London)

Ms Vicki Wickham. For services to music. (New York City, USA)

Mrs Monica Julie (Monica Julie Fletcher) Wiggins. Chief executive, Education for Health. For services to nursing and nurse education.

Dr Patricia Anne Wilkie. President, National Association for Patient Participation. For services to healthcare and patient involvement in the NHS. (Woking, Surrey)

William John Wilkinson. Principal, Dromore high school. For services to education in Northern Ireland. (Dromore, Down)

Mrs Catriona Ann Williams. Chief executive, Children in Wales. For services to disadvantaged children, young people and their carers. (Cardiff)

Professor Christine Mary Williams. Pro vice-chancellor for research and Hugh Sinclair professor of human nutrition, University of Reading. For services to higher education and to nutrition science. (Thatcham, Berkshire)

Ms Rosemary Williams. Formerly managing director, Rugby Football Union for Women. For services to women’s rugby union. (Sunbury-on-Thames, Middlesex)

William Anthony Willis. Formerly managing director, Euroforest Ltd. For services to the forestry industry. (Bordon, Hampshire)

Ms Patricia Janette Wilson. Grade 7, Ministry of Defence. For services to defence. (Hyndland, Glasgow)

Alexander Daniel Holt-Wilson. For ophthalmologist services to people in Ethiopia. (Raglan, Monmouthshire)

Adrian William Winstanley. Formerly director general, London court of international arbitration. For services to international arbitration. (Tadworth, Surrey)

Neil Wolstenholme. Application Delivery Centre, Major Programmes Project Management Office Lead, Corporate IT, Department for Work and Pensions. For services to project management. (Blackpool, Lancashire)

Dr Andrew Charles Wood. Chief executive, Adnams plc and chairman, New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership. For services to business and the community in East Anglia. (Taverham, Norfolk)

Anton Vincent Woodward. For services to stage automation. (Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk)

Article source: http://feeds.guardian.co.uk/~r/theguardian/uk/rss/~3/6ka3acTJpLg/story01.htm

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