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This supplement relates to The London Gazette, issue 39863, published on the 26th May 1953.
THE LONDON GAZETTE.
The London Gazette is the oldest surviving English newspaper and the oldest continuously-published newspaper in the world, having been first published on November 7, 1665. The Gazette is the official newspaper for England and Wales, wherein certain statutory notices are required to be published. It is not a conventional newspaper offering general news coverage, and does not have a large circulation.
The London Gazette was first published as the Oxford Gazette on 7 November 1665 (King Charles II and the Royal Court had moved to Oxford to escape the Great Plague in London) because the King and his courtiers were unwilling to touch, let alone read, London newspapers for fear of contagion. The Gazette was "Published by Authority", and its first publication is noted by Samuel Pepys in his diary. The King returned to London as the plague dissipated, and the Gazette moved too, with the first issue of the London Gazette (labelled No. 24) being published on 5 February 1666. Her Majesty's Stationery Office took over the publication of the Gazette in 1889.
As of 2005, the London Gazette is published each day, except for Saturdays, Sundays, and Bank Holidays.
Notices for the following, among others, are published:
Granting of Royal Assent to bills of the Parliament for England and Wales (The Belfast Gazette or The Edinburgh Gazette publish information relevant to those countries).
The issuance of writs of election when a vacancy occurs in the House of Commons.
Appointments to certain public offices.
Insolvency or bankruptcy.
Granting of awards, honours and military medals.
Changes of names or of coats of arms.
Royal Proclamations and other Declarations.
In time of war, dispatches from the various conflicts are published in the London Gazette. People referred to are said to have been 'mentioned in dispatches'. When members of the armed forces are promoted, and these promotions are published here, the person is said to have been 'gazetted'.
Page numbering is continuous throughout a year.
There are a number of supplements to the London Gazette, which cover single subjects. These include:
The Queen's Birthday Honours and the New Years Honours.
Imperial Service Medal.
Ministry of Defence.
The Queen's Awards for Enterprise.
Unlike the main London Gazette, Supplements are not produced every day. Supplements are produced on an ad-hoc basis, as and when required. The average is 100 in a year.
It is quite possible that there may be more than one Supplement published on a given day. For example, an Imperial Service Medal Supplement might appear on the same day as a Ministry of Defence Supplement.