John Boyd-Carpenter, Baron Boyd-Carpenter
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He was the only son of Conservative politician Sir Archibald Boyd-Carpenter MP and his wife Annie Dugdale. 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.
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, holding the seat until 1972, when he was raised to the peerage.
He held ministerial office as Financial Secretary to the Treasury from 1951–54. In 1954 he was promoted to Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation and appointed a Privy Counsellor. In December 1955 he was moved to the position of Minister of Pensions and National Insurance, which he held until July 1962 (the young Margaret Thatcher served under him as Parliamentary Under-Secretary, her first ministerial job, from October 1961). He was then Chief Secretary to the Treasury and Paymaster-General from 1962-64.
When Alec Douglas-Home became Prime Minister in October 1963, he initially promised Boyd-Carpenter the job of Leader of the House of Commons, but in the end the job went to Selwyn Lloyd who was returning to government from the backbenches.
Following the Conservative defeat in 1964, 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. His successor at the ensuing byelection was Norman Lamont, the future Chancellor under Major.
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.
Boyd-Carpenter was married to Peggy in 1937. 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.
Styles of address
- 1908–1945: Mr John Boyd-Carpenter
- 1945–1954: Mr John Boyd-Carpenter MP
- 1954–1972: The Rt Hon. John Boyd-Carpenter MP
- 1972–1998: The Rt Hon. The Lord Boyd-Carpenter PC
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- "Address by Lady Thatcher at the Memorial Service of Lord Boyd-Carpenter, 3 November 1998". Retrieved 17 January 2010.
- "No. 40053". The London Gazette (Supplement). 29 December 1953. p. 1.
- Thorpe 1989, p381-2
- "No. 45663". The London Gazette. 4 May 1972. p. 5315.
- "No. 19094". The Edinburgh Gazette. 5 May 1972. p. 399.
- "No. 45668". The London Gazette. 11 May 1972. p. 5627.
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs
- The Peerage entry A genealogical survey of the peerage of Britain as well as the royal families of Europe - Person Page - 14764 - John Archibald Boyd-Carpenter, Baron Boyd-Carpenter #147632, b. 2 June 1908, d. 11 July 1998.
- Burkes Peerage (S37) BP2003 volume 1, page 471. Citing:
- Mosley, Charles, editor. Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knightage, 107th edition, 3 volumes. Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.A.: Burke's Peerage (Genealogical Books) Ltd, 2003.
- 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
- Thorpe, D. R. (1989). Selwyn Lloyd. London: Jonathan Cape Ltd. ISBN 978-0-224-02828-8.
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by John Boyd-Carpenter
- Portraits of John Archibald Boyd-Carpenter, Baron Boyd-Carpenter at the National Portrait Gallery, London See also.
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Sir Percy Royds
| Member of Parliament for Kingston-upon-Thames
| Financial Secretary to the Treasury
| Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation
| Minister of Pensions and National Insurance
| Chief Secretary to the Treasury