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Rt. Hon. Earl Robert Washington Shirley FERRERS

Rt. Hon. Earl Robert Washington Shirley FERRERS, British Minister of State, Home Office. Member of Privy Council, since 1982.


  • FERRERS, Rt. Hon. Earl Robert Washington Shirley was born on June 8, 1929. Parents: 12th Earl Ferrers and Hermione, Countess Ferrers.

  • Education

    • Winchester College, 1942-1948. Magdalene College, Cambridge, Master of Arts Agriculture, 1950-1953.


    • House of Lords, since 1954, Deputy Leader. Lord-in-Waiting, 1962-1964, 1971-1974. Opposition Whip, 1964-1967.

      President, constituency Conservative Association, since 1972. Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture Fisheries and Food, 1974. Joint Deputy Leader of the Opposition, House of Lords, 1976-1979.

      Member, Armitage Committee on Political Activities of Civil Servants, 1976. Minister of State for Agriculture Fisheries and Food. 1979-1983; Deputy Leader, House of Lords, 1979-1983, since 1988.

      PC, since 1982; Chairman, Royal Commission on Historical Monuments (England), 1984-1988. Chairman, British Agricultural Export Council, 1984-1988. Council member. Food From Britain, 1985-1988.

      Minister of State, Home Office, since 1988. Coldstream Guards, Malaya, 1949. Trustee. East Anglian Trustee Savings Bank (TSB), 1957-1975.

      Council member, Hurstpierpoint College, 1959-1968. Director, Norwich Union Insurance Group, 1975-1979, 1983-1988. Trustee, TSB of Eastern England, 1975-1979. and Chairman, 1977-1979.

      Member, Central Board, TSB, 1977-1979. Dir, Central TSB Ltd., 1978-1979. Director, TSB Trustcard Ltd., 1978-1979.

      High Steward of Norwich Cathedral, since 1979. President, Eastern Region, MENCAP, 1979-1987. DL, Norfolk, 1983; Director, Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust, 1984-1988.

      Director, Economic Forestry Group pic, 1985-1988. Fellow, Winchester College, 1988.


    Party affiliation: Conservative Party


    Church of England.


    Clubs: Beefsteak Club.



    Travel, shooting, music.


    • Spouse Annabel Mary Ferrers (née Carr), 1951. Children: Robert, Angela, Sallyanne, Selina.
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    Born June 8, 1929