Robert Armstrong, Baron Armstrong of Ilminster is a British civil servant.
After Oxford University he joined the civil service and rose rapidly to deputy-secretary rank.
In 1970 he became Prime Minister Heath's principal private secretary, Thatcher later made him cabinet secretary and head of the home civil service.
He achieved considerable attention as a witness in the 'Spycatcher' trial in Australia when he admitted to having been sometimes 'economical with the truth'.
He retired in 1988 and was made a life peer.
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Date Added: 04 October '11
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