Except where stated otherwise, all these had the title of Permanent Secretary or Permanent Under-Secretary. The Permanent Secretary is the official head and usually the accounting officer of the Department and is responsible to the Minister for all the Department’s activities. In some Departments, e.g. Defence since 1964, there are also Second Permanent Secretaries who are official heads and usually accounting officers for large blocks of work. Except where stated otherwise, all the following had the title of Permanent Secretary or Permanent Under-Secretary. The name is that by which they were known while in office; if a title was acquired while in office it is placed in brackets.
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