On Her Majesty's Service (O.H.M.S.)
|| EXIT | O.H.M.S. | The British Monarchy | Banking | The Royal Mint | The Royal Air Force ||
|| DH | DWP | GOV UK | GPO | HMRC | MOD | NATS | OHMSS ||
These pages are an educational review of government related services provided at various times under the auspices of Her Majesty. For up to date details, please refer to the relevant authorities.
Today, a majority of service industries are operated by the private sector, either as 'Executive Agencies' or as a form of 'PPP- Public Private Partnerships'. Not so very long ago, these activities would have been carried out by government departments, in the public service. The following are some of the more widely known services and we look briefly at the evolving names and organisations.
At one time, letters which carried the acronym O.H.M.S. were deemed 'Official Paid' and did not need to have any other postage affixed. This was probably a misnomer as postage is always due, and example envelopes confirm this to be correct. So you will (usually) find O.H.M.S. envelopes either endorsed 'Official Paid' or with postage stamps affixed.
More generally, O.H.M.S. is any official body performing a task 'On Her Majesty's Service', on behalf of the Queen (or King).
Is regulated by the Government.
DSS - Department of Social Security
Later the Health Authorities were re-organised, eventually becoming PCTs (Primary Care Trusts), so the DHSS became simply the DSS Department of Social Security.
The latest name more accurately reflects the work...
DWP - Department for Work and Pensions
See the site at www.dwp.gov.uk/
DH - Department of Health
See the site at www.dh.gov.uk/
From about 2014, the majority of Government information services have been moving to a single site GOV UK.
The GPO - General Post Office
HMRC - Her Majesty's Revenue & Customs
Visit the National Air Traffic Services
"National Air Traffic Services (NATS) provides air traffic control services to aircraft flying in UK airspace, and over the eastern part of the North Atlantic. NATS is a public private partnership between the Airline Group, a consortium of seven UK airlines, which holds 42%, NATS staff who hold 5%, UK airport operator BAA plc, with 4%, and the government which holds 49% and a golden share. The Airline Group is a consortium of seven UK airlines: British Airways, bmi British Midland, Virgin Atlantic, Britannia, Monarch, easyJet and Airtours."
RAF - Royal Air Force
On 1 April 1975 the Royal Mint was established as a Government Trading Fund, operationally very similar to a government-owned company. It has been recognised with the Queen's Award for Export Achievement on four occasions.
On the 1st of April 1990 the Royal Mint became an Executive Agency providing it with greater management freedom to develop its business further. The British Royal Mint is the world's leading exporting Mint.
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