John Boyd-Carpenter, Baron Boyd-Carpenter

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The Right Honourable
The Lord Boyd-Carpenter
PC DL
Chief Secretary to the Treasury
In office
16 July 1962 – 15 October 1964
Monarch Elizabeth II
Prime Minister Harold Macmillan
Alec Douglas-Home
Chancellor Reginald Maudling
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) (aged 90)
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, DL (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]

Boyd-Carpenter 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]

Boyd-Carpenter 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]

Boyd-Carpenter 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.

References[edit]

Mosley, Charles, editor. Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knightage, 107th edition, 3 volumes. Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.A.: Burke's Peerage (Genealogical Books) Ltd, 2003.

1) Oxford Biography Index Number 101070217 http://www.oxforddnb.com/index/101070217/John-Boyd-Carpenter
2) Who Was Who http://www.ukwhoswho.com/view/article/oupww/whowaswho/U177068

  • Google Books entry A Guide to the Papers of British Cabinet Ministers 1900-1964 By Cameron Hazlehurst, Sally Whitehead, Christine Woodland

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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