Donald Limon

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Donald Limon

45th Clerk of the House of Commons
In office
Preceded by Sir Clifford Boulton
Succeeded by William McKay

Sir Donald William Limon, KCB (29 October 1932 – 26 July 2012) was a British public servant who served as Clerk of the House of Commons from 1994 to 1997.[1][2][3]

Early life

Limon was born on 29 October 1932 in Hartlepool to Arthur Limon, the borough treasurer of West Hartlepool, and Dora Limon.[2][3][4] He was educated at the Chorister School, Durham, an independent preparatory school adjacent to Durham Cathedral, and then from 1946 to 1950 at Durham School, then an all-boys independent school in Durham.[1][4] A keen cricketer, he played for the school first elevens and was captain of his house team. He was Head of House, the Caffinites, in his final year.[4]

On leaving school, Limon undertook National Service at the Royal Army Service Corps brigade headquarters in the Republic of Korea. On discharge, and following a term of school teaching, in 1953 he accepted a local authority award to study Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Lincoln College, Oxford. He graduated from the University of Oxford with a second-class Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in 1956.[1]


In the autumn of 1956, Limon was appointed an Assistant Clerk in the House of Commons, and served in the Clerk's Department until his retirement in 1998.[1] He was Clerk of Financial Committees from 1981 to 1984, Principal Clerk of the Table Office from 1985 to 1989, and the Clerk of Committees from 1989 to 1990.[2] On 1 November 1990, he was appointed Clerk Assistant of the House of Commons.[5] On 1 November 1994, he was appointed Clerk of the House of Commons therefore becoming chief executive of the house.[6]


Limon was appointed Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB) in the 1993 New Year Honours.[7] He was promoted to Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath (KCB) in the 1997 Queen's Birthday Honours.[8]


  1. ^ a b c d "Sir Donald Limon". The Times. 4 September 2012. Retrieved 9 March 2014.
  2. ^ a b c Dalyell, Tam (11 August 2012). "Sir Donald Limon: Clerk of the House of Commons hailed for his toughness and eye for detail". The Independent. Retrieved 9 March 2014.
  3. ^ a b "Sir Donald Limon". The Daily Telegraph. 28 August 2012. Retrieved 9 March 2014.
  4. ^ a b c "Sir Donald Limon". OD Obituaries. Durham School. Archived from the original on 9 March 2014. Retrieved 9 March 2014.
  5. ^ "No. 52327". The London Gazette. 6 November 1990. p. 17208.
  6. ^ "No. 53840". The London Gazette. 4 November 1994. p. 15477.
  7. ^ "No. 53153". The London Gazette (Supplement). 30 December 1992. p. 3.
  8. ^ "No. 54794". The London Gazette (Supplement). 13 June 1997. p. 2.
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