John Davies (British businessman)

John Emerson Harding Harding-Davies, MBE (8 January 1916 – 4 July 1979) was a British businessman who served as director-general of the Confederation of British Industry during the 1960s. He later went into politics and served in the Cabinet of Edward Heath as the first Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy|Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, a position which he held from October 1970 to 4 November 1972. Davies was President of the Board of Trade, and from July to October 1970 was Minister of Technology. He became a Privy Councillor and, in 1972, was appointed Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster with special responsibilities for the co-ordination of British policy towards the European Communities. In 1979 Davies was to be made a life peer as Baron Harding-Davies, but died before the creation of the peerage passed the Great Seal. Peerage history was made when, by Royal Warrant bearing the date 27 February 1980, Queen Elizabeth II granted his widow Vera Georgina the title of Lady Harding-Davies; his children Frank Davies and Rosamond Ann Metherell were given the rank of children of a life peer.


John Davies

Davies in 1973
Shadow Foreign Secretary
In office
11 April 1976  6 November 1978
LeaderMargaret Thatcher
Preceded byReginald Maudling
Succeeded byFrancis Pym
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
In office
5 November 1972  5 March 1974
Prime MinisterTed Heath
Preceded byGeoffrey Rippon
Succeeded byHarold Lever
President of the Board of Trade
In office
15 October 1970  5 November 1972
Prime MinisterTed Heath
Preceded byMichael Noble
Succeeded byPeter Walker
Secretary of State for Trade & Industry
In office
15 October 1970  5 November 1972
Prime MinisterTed Heath
Preceded byPost established
Succeeded byPeter Walker
Minister of Technology
In office
28 July 1970  15 October 1970
Prime MinisterTed Heath
Preceded byGeoffrey Rippon
Succeeded byPosition abolished
Director of the Confederation of British Industry
In office
30 July 1965  15 October 1969
Preceded byPosition established
Succeeded byCampbell Adamson
Member of Parliament
for Knutsford
In office
18 June 1970  6 November 1978
Preceded byWalter Bromley-Davenport
Succeeded byJock Bruce-Gardyne
Personal details
Born(1916-01-08)8 January 1916
London, England
Died4 July 1979(1979-07-04) (aged 63)
London, England
Political partyConservative