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Rt. Hon. Virginia Hilda Brunette Maxwell BCHTOMLEY

Secretary of State for Health

Rt. Hon. Virginia Hilda Brunette Maxwell BCHTOMLEY, British Secretary of State for Health.


BCHTOMLEY, Rt. Hon. Virginia Hilda Brunette Maxwell was born on March 12, 1948. Parents: John Garnett, Commander of the Order of the British Empire.


Essex University (BA). London School of Economics (M.Sc.).


Member of Parliament for Surrey South West, since 1984. Secretary, Backbench Employment Committee, 1985-1986. Secretary, All Party Social Science and Policy Committee, 1984-1986.

Parliamentary Private Secretary to Mr. Chris Patten, Minister of State, Department of Education and Science, 1985-1986 and then Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Minister for Overseas Development. Parliamentary Private Secretary to Sir Geoffrey Howe Queen's Counsel, Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, 1987-1988.

Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department of the Environment, 1988-1989. Minister of State for Health, November since 1989. Government Co-Chwn„ Women's National Commission, January since 1991.

Secretary of State for Health, since 1992. Researcher. Child Poverty Action Group, 1971-1973. Tutor, further education, 1971-1973.

Psychiatric social worker in Child Guidance Unit, 1973-1984. Inner London Magistrate (Juvenile) 197584. Chairman, Lambeth Juvenile Court, 1980-1984.

Director, Mid Southern Water Company, 1987-1988. Member of Court of Governors, London School of Economics, since 1985. Freeman, City of London, since 1989.


Clubs: Industry and Parliament Trust (Fellow). Royal Society of Arts.


  • Other Interests

    Child care law; education. Overseas aid; health service. Penal affairs.


Spouse Peter James Bottomley. Children: one son, two d.