Earl Howe has been Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State in the Department of Health since May 2010.
Educated at Rugby School and Christ Church, Oxford, Lord Howe began his career in Barclays Bank and served in a number of managerial and senior managerial posts both overseas and in London. In 1987 he was appointed London director of Adam & Co. plc, the Scottish-based private bank, where he remained until 1990.
He is married with three daughters and a son.
In 1991, Lord Howe became a government whip in the House of Lords and following the General Election of 1992 he was appointed Parliamentary Secretary (Lords) at the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food. In 1995 he became Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Ministry of Defence, a post he relinquished at the 1997 General Election.
Between 1997 and 2010 he was opposition spokesman for Health and Social Services in the House of Lords. He is an elected hereditary peer under the provisions of the House of Lords Act 1999. Apart from his frontbench responsibilities, Earl Howe has previously been a member of the all-party groups on penal affairs, abuse investigations, pharmaceuticals, adoption, mental health and epilepsy.
Together with Dame Carol Black, he will be discussing how small firms can pledge to improve the health of their staff.