Ministerial role

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Intellectual Property


The minister is responsible for the business of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills in the House of Lords. They are also responsible for intellectual property and the Intellectual Property Office.

Current role holder: Viscount Younger of Leckie

Lord Younger was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Intellectual Property at the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills in January 2013. He is a Conservative member of the House of Lords.


He was educated at Cargilfield School, Edinburgh and Winchester College. He read medieval history at the University of St Andrews and holds an MBA from Henley Management College.

Political career

Lord Younger was elected as a hereditary peer in 2010 and served as a party whip before joining the Government in 2012. Lord Younger was appointed as a Lord in Waiting in 2012.

Career outside politics

Lord Younger was a personnel manager at Coats Patons between 1979 and 1984 and subsequently a recruitment consultant and executive search consultant between 1984 and 1994. He was the Human Resources director of UBS Wealth Management between 1994 and 2004.

Personal life

He is a member of the Royal Company of Archers, Queen’s Bodyguard for Scotland and President of the Highland Society of London. He is married to Jennie with three children and three working Cocker Spaniels, which keep him fit.

Previous holders of this role

  1. The Rt Hon Lord Marland

    • 2012 to 2013
  2. Baroness Wilcox

    • 2010 to 2012


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