Peter Hayman

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Sir Peter Hayman was a British diplomat. He was British high commissioner in Canada from 1970-74. Previously he was director general of British Information Services in New York 1961-64 and deputy commandant of the British military government in West Berlin 1964-66.[1]

Peter Telford Hayman was born on 14 June 1914. He educated at Stowe and Worcester College, Oxford.[2]

He served as an Assistant Principal at the Home Office from 1937-39, moving to the Ministry of Home Security 1939-41, before serving as an Assistant Private Secretary to Home Secretary 1941-42, and as a Principal in the Home Office in 1942.[2]

During World War Two, he served with the Rifle Brigade, reaching the rank of major.[2]

He returned to the Home Office as a Principal from 1945-49. He served as Personal Assistant to the Chief Staff Officer to the Minister at the Ministry of Defence 1949-52, as an Assistant Secretary at the MOD in 1950, before joining the UK Delegation to NATO 1952-54.[2]

Hayman joined the Foreign Office in 1954. He served as a Counsellor in Belgrade 1955-58. In 1958, he was sent on temporary assignment to Malta 1958, as information adviser to the Governor, Sir Robert Laycock, during unrest on the island. He was a Counsellor in Baghdad 1959-61.[2]

Hayman served as Director General of British Information Services New York 1961-64. He was awarded a CMG in 1963. He then served as Minister and Deputy Commandant, British Military Government in Berlin 1964-66. He was awarded the CVO in 1965. He served as Assistant Undersecretary FO 1966-69, and as Deputy Under Secretary of State FCO 1969-70.[2]

He served as High Commissioner in Canada 1970-74.[2] His appointment followed the kidnapping of James Cross, the British Trade Commissioner, by Quebec separatists.[3]

He was awarded the KCMG in 1971.[2]

He retired in 1974.[2]

Some reports state that during his official career, Hayman served as deputy director of MI6.[4]

Sometime afterwards it became public that he was a member of the Paedophile Information Exchange.[2] Hugh Muir of the Guardian reports:

When the police did get around to prosecuting PIE leaders for conspiring to send indecent material through the post, a strange thing happened. Evidence comprised masses of obscene material, but by far the most active and viciously minded member of PIE - one Mr Henderson - was never prosecuted nor produced as a witness. Who was this hideous fellow? After the convictions, a conscience-stricken member of the prosecution called Private Eye to say they had been ordered from the very top to perjure themselves over "Mr Henderson" - who was, in fact, Sir Peter Hayman, long-time deputy director of MI6.[4]

Following a raid on Hayman's flat in November 1978, prosecutors decided there was no evidence that he had committed an offence. In 1981, Hayman was named under parliamentary privilege by MP Geoffrey Dickens, who claimed he had been the subject of a cover-up and his role in PIE made him a security risk.[3]

Hayman died on 6 April 1992.[2]

External Resources


  1. 'British diplomat named in child porn case' United Press International, March 18, 1981, Wednesday, PM cycle, SECTION: International, DATELINE: LONDON
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 Denis Greenhill, Obituary: Sir Peter Hayman, The Independent, 11 April 1992.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Sir Peter Hayman, The Times, 9 April 1982.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Hugh Muir, Diary, The Guardian, 26 February 2014.