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Sir Nicholas Barrington, to be High Commissioner to Pakistan and Ambassador (non-resident) to the Islamic State of Afghanistan.

Mr Peter Shaw, to be joint district judge for the districts of the Luton, Bedford, Hitchin and St Albans county courts, and in the district registry of the High Courts at Luton and Bedford.

Mr David Griffiths Morris, to be a circuit judge on the Wales and Chester Circuit.

The Hon Dame Brenda Hale, to be Master of the Bench of Gray's Inn.

Miss Margaret Langley, to be joint district judge for the district of Central London County Court.

Miss Penny Cushing, to be a district judge of the Principal Registry of the Family Division.

Mr JT Masefield, to be British High Commissioner to the Federal Republic of Nigeria.