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Rt. Hon. Earl Robert Washington Shirley FERRERS

Minister of State , Home Office

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.


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.


Church of England.


Clubs: Beefsteak Club.


  • Other Interests

    Travel, shooting, music.


Spouse Annabel Mary Ferrers (née Carr), 1951. Children: Robert, Angela, Sallyanne, Selina.