Not in Cabinet Norman Fowler, Transport Minister John Biffen, Chief Secretary to the Treasury David Howell, Energy Secretary Norman St John Stevas, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Humphrey Atkins, Northern Ireland Secretary George Younger, Scottish Secretary Michael Heseltine, Environment Secretary Nicholas Edwards, Welsh Secretary Patrick Jenkin, Social Services Secretary John Nott, Trade Secretary Mark Carlisle, Education Secretary Angus Maude, Paymaster General Sir John Hunt, Secretary to the Cabinet Sir Ian Gilmour, Lord Privy Seal Lord Soames, Lord President of the Council Sir Keith Joseph, Industry Secretary Lord Carrington, Foreign Secretary and Overseas Development William Whitelaw, Home Secretary Margaret Thatcher, Prime Minister Lord Hailsham, Lord Chancellor Sir Geoffrey Howe, Chancellor of the Exchequer Francis Pym, Defence Minister James Prior, Employment Secretary Peter Walker, Agriculture Minister

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Mark Carlisle

Mark Carlisle was secretary of state for education & science from 1979 to 1981, when he lost his job in Thatcher's sacking of the "Wets" from her Cabinet.

At Education he ended the compulsory abolition of grammar schools and scaled down school-meal subsidies in an attempt to ward off more stringent education cuts. He became Lord Carlisle of Bucklow in 1987.

Among his high-profile posts, Lord Carlisle was chairman of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board until 2000. He died in July 2005 at the age of 76.

Mark Carlisle, Education Secretary


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