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Frederick Howe

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department of Health)

House of Lords, Westminster, London, SW1A 0PW.

Howe Earl

Earl Howe was born in 1951. He was educated at Rugby School and Christ Church, Oxford, where he read Mods and Greats. After leaving University in 1973, he joined Barclays Bank and served in a number of managerial and senior managerial posts both overseas and in London. In 1987 he was appointed London director of Adam & Co. plc, the Scottish-based private bank, where he remained until 1990.

Having inherited his title from his cousin in 1984, Lord Howe left banking to concentrate on his parliamentary activities and on running the family farm and estate in south Buckinghamshire. In 1999 he was appointed Chairman of LAPADA, the country's largest trade association for the fine art and antiques trade.

Amongst a number of charitable appointments, Earl Howe is President of the South Bucks. Association for the Disabled, Patron of the Chiltern Society, a Patron of DEMAND, Honorary Treasurer of the Trident Trust, a member of the Committee of Management of the RNLI, President of the Abbeyfield Beaconsfield Society, a trustee of Milton's Cottage, a trustee of RAFT (Restoration of Appearance and Function Trust), a trustee of Sir William Borlase's Grammar School, Marlow, and Hereditary Governor of the King William IV Naval Foundation. He is a former President of the National Society for Epilepsy.

He is married with three daughters and a son.

Frederick Howe's Experience

In 1991, Lord Howe became a government whip in the House of Lords with responsibilities, successively, for transport, employment, defence and environment. Following the General Election of 1992 he was appointed Parliamentary Secretary (Lords) at the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food; and in 1995 Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Ministry of Defence, a post he relinquished at the 1997 General Election.

He has been opposition spokesman for Health and Social Services in the House of Lords since 1997. He is an elected hereditary peer under the provisions of the House of Lords Act 1999.

Apart from his frontbench responsibilities, Earl Howe's special interests include penal affairs and agriculture. He is a member of the all-party groups on penal affairs, abuse investigations, pharmaceuticals, adoption, mental health and epilepsy.

In May 2010, Earl Howe was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department of Health.