Announcement – Rt Hon Mark Field MP
March 12, 2015
Downing Street has today confirmed the appointment by the Queen of Mark Field, MP for the Cities of London & Westminster, to Her Majesty’s Most Honourable Privy Council.
The Prime Minister recommended that Mark join the Privy Council in recognition of his work over the past five years on the increasingly high-profile, sensitive and demanding Intelligence and Security Committee. He is the youngest MP currently serving on this Committee, which reports directly to 10 Downing Street and is responsible for the oversight, scrutiny and operation of the UK’s intelligence and security services.
The award of this honour is normally restricted to senior government ministers and prominent, long-serving parliamentarians.
Mark said, ‘It is a huge honour and privilege to have been invited to join the Privy Council, one of the most ancient arms of government. I appreciate this generous recognition of my work as a parliamentarian over the past fourteen years and in particular as a member of the ISC’.
The Privy Council is the ancient executive governing body of the United Kingdom. It is presided over by the Sovereign and exercises many functions, some of which have been entrusted to it by Acts of Parliament, which may be legislative, administrative or judicial. Historically, Privy Counsellors were the chief governing body and fulfilled the role that the Cabinet performs today.
Membership is for life, with members given the prefix ‘Right Honourable’, usually abbreviated to ‘Rt Hon’
Appointments are made by the Sovereign on the advice of the Prime Minister.
Official press release – https://www.gov.uk/government/news/privy-council-appointments-march-2015