Lord Younger Appointed Business Minister
Prime Minister David Cameron has appointed Lord Younger as new Business Minister.
James Younger, the 5th Earl Younger of Leckie, takes the official title and role of Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS).
A hereditary peer, Lord Younger sits on the Conservative benches at the House of Lords.
Of his appointment, Lord Younger said:
“I am delighted to have been asked by the Prime Minister to do this important job; the business department is central to the Government’s drive for balanced and sustainable growth.”
“I look forward to making a real contribution to supporting business to generate new private sector employment and boost our international competiveness.”
Lord Younger will be responsible for raising all BIS issues in the House of Lords and has been given particular responsibility for steering the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill through its final stages.
He will also take responsibility for the Intellectual Property portfolio.
For 25 years prior to attaining the role of Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Business Innovation and Skills, Lord Younger was involved in the Human Resources and financial services industry.
Lord Younger’s interests, listed in his parliamentary biography, inlcude localism, diversity and corporate responsibility and employment law.
UPDATE: 11th January 2013
The junior business minister has already been involved in exchanges regarding Lord Justice Leveson’s enquiry into the ethics of the press with Lord Younger opening a Lords debate responding to Lord Leveson’s report.
The Conservatives propose that a press regulator backed by a Royal Charter is the way forward, and that they are "not afraid" of using the law to enforce ethics and good behaviour in the press if a regime of self-regulation does not work. Labour has disagreed, saying that the proposal would put too much power in the hands of ministers and that the role of the monarch would be inappropriate.
The opposition are still willing to force a Commons vote on proposals for the new system of press industry regulation.