The Viscount Trenchard
|Minister for Defence Procurement|
5 January 1981 –6 January 1983
|Prime Minister||Margaret Thatcher|
|Preceded by||Lord Strathcona|
|Succeeded by||Geoffrey Pattie|
|Minister of State for Industry|
4 May 1979 –5 January 1981
|Prime Minister||Margaret Thatcher|
|Preceded by||Eric Heffer|
|Succeeded by||Kenneth Baker|
| Member of the House of Lords |
10 February 1956 –29 April 1987
|Preceded by||The 1st Viscount Trenchard|
|Succeeded by||The 3rd Viscount Trenchard|
|Born||15 December 1923|
|Died||29 April 1987|
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