Birthday honours letters

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Dear Department for Education,

I understand that your Permanent Secretary dispatched letters to those who received honours for services to education, including services to Early Years Education.

Please provide me with an electronic copy of all such letters dispatched.

If the cost-limit is to come into effect, please restrict my request to letters dispatched to those being honoured for services to Early Years Education.

Yours faithfully,
Steve Elibank

Department for Education

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Department for Education

Dear Mr Elibank,

Thank you for your email of 21 June 2010 regarding the above subject.

You requested, under the Freedom of Information Act, electronic copies of
letters from the Permanent Secretary to those who received honours for
services to education, including services to Early Years Education.

The text of the letters is as follows:


I would like to express my warmest congratulations on your award in the
Birthday Honours List.

I am delighted that your services to education have been marked in such a
fitting way. You can be justifiably proud of your achievements.

I am sure that you will have a wonderful day at Buckingham Palace. Enjoy
it to the full!

Best wishes.


We are not able to provide personal information such as home addresses,
which are exempted under section 40 of the FoI Act (information if
released would infringe the rights of the individuals under the Data
Protection Act 1998). The Department's website lists the recipients of the
Permanent Secretary's letter, and can be viewed via this link:

If you have any queries about this letter, please contact me. Please quote
our reference number 2010/0044801 in any future communications.

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Yours sincerely,

Daryll Cooper

Permanent Secretary's Office

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