Birthday Honours: Knights Bachelor

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Professor John Rex Beddington, CMG. Government chief Scientific Adviser, Government Office for Science. (London, W8)

Councillor Merrick Cockell. Chairman, London Councils and Leader, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. For services to Local Government. (London, SW5)

Stuart James Etherington. Chief executive, National Council for Voluntary Organisations. For services to the Third Sector. (London, N1)

Professor Marc Feldmann. Professor of Cellular Immunology, Kennedy Institute of Rheumatology, London. For services to Medicine. (London, W2)

Professor Ian Thomas Gilmore. Consultant Physician and Gastroenterologist, Royal Liverpool University Hospitals and president, Royal College of Physicians. For services to Medicine. (Wirral, Merseyside)

(Theodore) Wilson Harris. Author. For services to Literature. (Essex)

Ronald Harwood, CBE. Playwright and Screen Writer. For services to Drama. (London, SW10)

Professor Colin John Humphreys, CBE. Director of Research, Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy, University of Cambridge. For services to Science. (Cambridgeshire)

Donald William Insall, CBE. For services to Conservation Architecture. (Richmond, Surrey)

Professor Fergus Graham Burtholme Millar. Emeritus Camden Professor of Ancient History, University of Oxford. For services to Scholarship. (Oxfordshire)

Robert Sydney Murray, CBE. For services to Football and to Education in the North East. (Jersey, Channel Islands)

Denis Francis O'Connor, CBE, QPM. HM chief inspector of Constabulary. For services to the Police. (Betchworth, Surrey)

Keith Pearson. Chairman, NHS East of England. For services to Healthcare. (Peterborough, Cambridgeshire)

Simon Manwaring Robertson. Chairman, Rolls Royce plc. For services to Business. (London, SW3)

Professor Peter Charles Rubin. Chairman, General Medical Council, London. For services to Medicine. (Southwell, Nottinghamshire)

Hugh Alexander Stevenson. Formerly chairman, Equitas Ltd. For services to the Financial Services Industry. (Ascot, Berkshire)