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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George Younger

Appointed Scottish secretary in 1979, George Younger became defence secretary in 1986 after Michael Heseltine resigned over the government's backing for the sale of Westland helicopters to an American firm.

He resigned in 1989 to become full-time chairman of the Royal Bank of Scotland. He was made a life peer, becoming Lord Younger of Prestwick in 1992, but inherited the family's baronetcy and viscountcy upon the death of his father in 1997, becoming the fourth Viscount Younger of Leckie.

He died, aged 71, in January 2003.

George Younger, Scottish Secretary


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