HC Deb 20 July 2004 vol 424 c157 12.30 pm
Mr. Speaker

I have to advise the House that I have received the following letter from Sir Michael Cummins, our Serjeant at Arms: I write to request your agreement to my retirement on 31 December of this year, by which time I shall be sixty—five. It has been a great privilege to serve you and the House as Serjeant at Arms in recent years. I wish to thank you personally for your support and advice during that time, and to acknowledge the large debt of gratitude I owe to my colleagues and staff, whose support and friendship over the past twenty-three years have been invaluable. There will be an occasion to pay formal tributes to Sir Michael in due course.

I can also advise the House that Her Majesty the Queen has approved the appointment of Major General Anthony Peter Grant Peterkin, CB, OBE to succeed Sir Michael.