John Boyd-Carpenter, Baron Boyd-Carpenter

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The Right Honourable
The Lord Boyd-Carpenter
PC
Chief Secretary to the Treasury
In office
16 July 1962 – 15 October 1964
Prime Minister Harold Macmillan
Alec Douglas-Home
Preceded by Henry Brooke
Succeeded by John Diamond
Paymaster General
In office
16 July 1962 – 15 October 1964
Prime Minister Harold Macmillan
Alec Douglas-Home
Preceded by Henry Brooke
Succeeded by George Wigg
Minister of Pensions and National Insurance
In office
20 December 1955 – 16 July 1962
Prime Minister Anthony Eden
Harold Macmillan
Preceded by Osbert Peake
Succeeded by Niall Macpherson
Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation
In office
28 July 1954 – 20 December 1955
Prime Minister Winston Churchill
Anthony Eden
Preceded by Alan Lennox-Boyd
Succeeded by Harold Watkinson
Financial Secretary to the Treasury
In office
30 October 1951 – 28 July 1954
Prime Minister Winston Churchill
Preceded by Douglas Jay
Succeeded by Henry Brooke
Member of Parliament
for Kingston-upon-Thames
In office
30 October 1945 – 4 May 1972
Preceded by Percy Royds
Succeeded by Norman Lamont
Personal details
Born 2 June 1908 (1908-06-02)
Died 11 July 1998 (1998-07-12)
Nationality British
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Peggy, m.1937
Alma mater Stowe School
Balliol College, Oxford
Middle Temple

John Archibald Boyd-Carpenter, Baron Boyd-Carpenter, PC (2 June 1908 – 11 July 1998) was a British Conservative politician.

Early life[edit]

He was the son of Conservative politician Sir Archibald Boyd-Carpenter MP. He was educated at Stowe School, Buckinghamshire, and at Balliol College, Oxford, where he was President of the Oxford Union in 1930. He graduated with a BA in History, and a Diploma in Economics in 1931. He was Harmsworth Law Scholar at the Middle Temple in 1933 and called to Bar the next year, and practised in the London and South-East Circuit.

War service[edit]

He joined the Scots Guards in 1940 and held various staff appointments, including with the Allied Military Government in Italy, retiring with the rank of Major.

Political career[edit]

He contested the Limehouse district for the London County Council in 1934. He was elected as Conservative Member of Parliament for Kingston-upon-Thames in 1945,[1] holding the seat until 1972.

He held ministerial office as Financial Secretary to the Treasury from 1951–54, Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation from 1954-December 1955, Minister of Pensions and National Insurance from December 1955-July 1962,[1] Chief Secretary to the Treasury and Paymaster-General from 1962-64. He was appointed a Privy Counsellor in 1954.

Following the Conservative defeat in 1964,[1] he served as Opposition Front Bench Spokesman on Housing, Local Government and Land, 1964–66, and as Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee from 1964-70. He later held a number of Party and business appointments.

He was appointed a life peer on 1 May 1972, as Baron Boyd-Carpenter, of Crux Easton in the County of Southampton.

As the first Chairman of the UK's Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), Boyd-Carpenter was in charge at the time of the collapse of the UK airline Court Line and their subsidiary Clarksons Travel Group in August 1974.

Family[edit]

He was married to Peggy in 1937.[1] Boyd-Carpenter's son, Thomas Boyd-Carpenter, was himself knighted following his military and public service careers. One of his two daughters, Sarah Hogg, Baroness Hogg, married Douglas Hogg, 3rd Viscount Hailsham, and is a life peer in her own right.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Sir Percy Royds
Member of Parliament for Kingston-upon-Thames
19451972
Succeeded by
Norman Lamont
Political offices
Preceded by
Douglas Jay
Financial Secretary to the Treasury
1951 - 1954
Succeeded by
Henry Brooke
Preceded by
Alan Lennox-Boyd
Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation
1954 - 1955
Succeeded by
Harold Watkinson
Preceded by
Osbert Peake
Minister of Pensions and National Insurance
1955 - 1962
Succeeded by
Niall Macpherson
Preceded by
Henry Brooke
Chief Secretary to the Treasury
1962 - 1964
Succeeded by
John Diamond
Preceded by
Henry Brooke
Paymaster-General
1962 - 1964
Succeeded by
George Wigg