Deputy Leader of the House of Lords and Minister of State for Defence

The Rt Hon Earl Howe


Lord Howe was appointed Deputy Leader of the House of Lords and Minister of State for Defence in May 2015. He is a Conservative member of the House of Lords.


He was educated at Rugby School and Christ Church, Oxford.

Political career

Lord Howe served as Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food from 1992 to 1995 and as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Ministry of Defence from 1995 to 1997. In opposition he served as Spokesperson for Health from 1997 to 2010.

Career outside politics

He joined Barclays Bank in 1973, where he served in a number of managerial and senior managerial posts both overseas and in London before being appointed London director of Adam & Co plc in 1987.

Personal life

Lord Howe is married with 4 children.

Deputy Leader of the House of Lords

The Deputy Leader of the House of Lords supports the House of Lords in its job of questioning government ministers, improving legislation and debating topics of national significance.

Minister of State for Defence

The minister is responsible for ceremonial duties, commemorations and Spokesman in the House of Lords on all defence matters including:

  • ceremonial duties, medallic recognition and protocol
  • commemorations
  • engagement with retired senior defence personnel and wider opinion formers
  • community engagement
  • arms control and proliferation including export licensing
  • UK Hydrographic Office
  • NATO and EU relations including Brexit
  • engagement with Parliamentarians including ministerial correspondence and PQs
  • Australia, Far East
  • Efficiency Programme
  • defence fire and rescue
  • London estate

Previous roles in government

  1. Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Quality

    • 2010 to 2015


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