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Born into a family with a military tradition, Durie grew up in Scotland. Together with his twin brother Ian (1944–2005) Durie was educated at Fettes College. He read Natural Sciences at the University of Oxford.
Durie joined the Ministry of Technology in 1966 before going on to work in various posts at the OECD, the Cabinet Office and the Department of Trade and Industry. In 1991 be became Minister and Deputy UK Permanent Representative to the European Community in Brussels and in 1995 he returned to the Department of Trade and Industry before leaving the Home Civil Service in 2000.
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