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The papers of David Howell (Lord Howell of Guildford)

Reference Code: GBR/0014/HWLL

Scope and Contents

Political and personal papers


  • Creation: 1952 - 2000

Conditions Governing Access

Material up to 1979 generally available; later materials closed

Conditions Governing Use

Researchers wishing to publish excerpts from the papers must obtain prior permission from the copyright holder and should seek advice from Archives Centre staff.

Biographical / Historical

Howell was Under Secretary for Northern Ireland, March to November 1972 and then Minister of State, November 1972 until the election in 1974. He had special responsibilities for Industry and Agriculture. He became Minister of State for Energy in 1974 , just before the General Election. Howell was appointed First Secretary of State for Energy in May 1979 and held the position until September 1981 he was succeeded by Nigel Lawson.). Although he no longer held formal office after the Cabinet reshuffle of 1983 he remained very active both in the House of Commons and internationally in a variety of organisations such as the UK-Japan 2000 Group as an advisor and speaker on Government policy and economic affairs. He did not contest the 1996 election and was elevated to the Lords in 1997.


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Other Finding Aids

Copies of this finding aid are available for consultation at Churchill Archives Centre, Cambridge, and at the National Register of Archives, London.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers were presented to the Archives Centre by Lord Howell in 2009.


This collection level description and catalogue was prepared by Averil Condren and Andrew Riley and was finalised in 2023.

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Repository Details

Part of the Churchill Archives Centre Repository

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