Percy Mills, 1st Viscount Mills
Percy Herbert Mills, 1st Viscount Mills KBE, PC (4 January 1890 – 10 September 1968), known as Sir Percy Mills, Bt, between 1953 and 1957 and as The Lord Mills between 1957 and 1962, was a British industrialist, public servant and politician.
Background and education
During the Second World War Mills served as Controller-General of Machine Tools at the Ministry of Supply from 1940 to 1944. He earned Harold Macmillan's absolute confidence and was described by the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography as "one of the most politically influential industrialists of his time." He was knighted in the 1942 New Year Honours, and was appointed to the Order of the British Empire as a Knight Commander (KBE) in the 1946 Birthday Honours. He was created as a Baronet, of Alcester in the County of Warwick, in 1952 and was raised to the peerage as Baron Mills, of Studley in the County of Warwick, in January 1957. The same month newly appointed Prime Minister Macmillan made Mills Minister of Power, with a seat in the cabinet. He was sworn of the Privy Council at the same time. In October 1959 he became Paymaster-General, which he remained until October 1961, when he was made Minister without Portfolio. Following his departure from the Cabinet after the "Night of the Long Knives" he was made Viscount Mills, of Kensington in the County of London, in 1962.
Lord Mills died in September 1968, aged 78, and was succeeded in the viscountcy by his son, Roger.
Styles of address
- 1890–1942: Mr Percy Mills
- 1942–1946: Sir Percy Mills
- 1946–1952: Sir Percy Mills KBE
- 1952–1957: Sir Percy Mills Bt KBE
- 1957–1962: The Rt Hon. The Lord Mills KBE PC[a]
- 1962–1968: The Rt Hon. The Viscount Mills KBE PC
- Although The Viscount Mills was a baronet, by custom the post-nominal of "Bt" is omitted, as Peers of the Realm do not list subsidiary hereditary titles.
- Halsbury, ‘Mills, Percy Herbert, first Viscount Mills (1890–1968)’, rev. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004 accessed 26 May 2011
- Kidd, Charles, Williamson, David (editors). Debrett's Peerage and Baronetage (1990 edition). New York: St Martin's Press, 1990. ,[page needed]
- "(Supplement) no. 35399". The London Gazette. 30 December 1941. p. 2.
- "(Supplement) no. 35455". The London Gazette. 13 February 1942. p. 714.
- "(Supplement) no. 37598". The London Gazette. 4 June 1946. p. 2783.
- "no. 39911". The London Gazette. 14 July 1953. p. 3871.
- "no. 40981". The London Gazette. 22 January 1957. p. 502.
- "no. 42765". The London Gazette. 24 August 1962. p. 6727.
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by the Viscount Mills
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