Frederick Erroll, 1st Baron Erroll of Hale


Frederick Erroll, 1st Baron Erroll of Hale

Frederick James Erroll, 1st Baron Erroll of Hale TD PC (27 May 1914–14 September 2000) was a British Conservative politician.

The son of George Murison Bergmans (family changed their surname to Erroll during WWI) and Kathleen Donovan Edington. George was an engineer and Kathleen was the daughter of a Glasgow Ironmaster.

Frederick Erroll was educated at Oundle School and at Trinity College, Cambridge, Erroll was an engineer at Metropolitan-Vickers Electrical Co. Ltd, Manchester, 1936-38. He was commissioned into 4th County of London Yeomanry (Sharpshooters), Territorial Army in 1939, and held technical appointments in connection with tank construction and testing (advising SEAC, 1940-43) and served in India and Burma, 1944-45. He left the forces in 1945 with the rank of Colonel.

He was elected as Member of Parliament for Altrincham and Sale in 1945, holding the seat until 1964. He was Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Supply, 1955-56; Parliamentary Secretary to the Board of Trade, 1956-58; Economic Secretary to the Treasury, 1958-59; Minister of State for Trade, 1959-61; President of the Board of Trade, 1961-63; and Minister of Power, 1963-64.

In 1964 Erroll was raised to the peerage as Baron Erroll of Hale, of Kilmun in Argyll and, in 1999, was awarded the Life Peerage of Baron Erroll of Kilmun, of Kilmun in Argyll and Bute to allow him to attend the House of Lords following the passing of the House of Lords Act 1999 that excluded hereditary peers.

He was a Member of the House of Lords Select Committee on Science and Technology, 1985-91. He held a large number of business appointments.

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