Hugh Molson, Baron Molson
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The Lord Molson
|Minister of Works|
|Preceded by||Patrick George Thomas Buchan-Hepburn|
|Succeeded by||John Hope, 1st Baron Glendevon|
|Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Transport|
11 November 1953 – 9 January 1957
|Preceded by||John Profumo|
|Succeeded by||Richard Nugent|
|Member of Parliament |
for High Peak
7 October 1939 – 31 January 1961
|Preceded by||Sir Alfred Law|
|Succeeded by||David Walder|
|Member of Parliament |
27 October 1931 – 14 November 1935
|Preceded by||Wilfred Paling|
|Succeeded by||Alfred Short|
Arthur Hugh Elsdale Molson
29 June 1903
Chelmsford, Essex, England
|Died||13 October 1991 (aged 88)|
Westminster, London, England
(m. 1949; died 1991)
|Father||John Elsdale Molson|
|Alma mater||New College, Oxford|
Born in Chelmsford, Essex, the only surviving son of Major John Elsdale Molson, Member of Parliament for Gainsborough from 1918 to 1923, and Mary Leeson, he was educated at the Royal Naval College, Osborne, and Dartmouth, at Lancing, and New College, Oxford. He was President of the Oxford Union in 1925 and graduated with first-class honours in Jurisprudence in 1925. He became a Barrister-at-Law at the Inner Temple in 1931. He worked as Political Secretary of the Associated Chambers of Commerce of India from 1926 to 1929.
He was commissioned 4 March 1939 and served with 36th (Middlesex) Searchlight Regiment, Royal Artillery from 1939 to 1941 and was Staff Captain with the 11th Anti-Aircraft Division from 1941 to 1942.
He was the unsuccessful Conservative candidate in Aberdare in 1929, and sat as Member of Parliament (MP) for Doncaster from 1931 to 1935 and for High Peak, Derbyshire from 1939 to 1961. He was elected unopposed at the 1939 High Peak by-election, after the death of Alfred Law. He held Ministerial office as Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Works from 1951 to 1953, Joint Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation from November 1953 to January 1957, and as Minister of Works from 1957 until October 1959. He was a Member of the Monckton Commission on Rhodesia and Nyasaland in 1960, and Chairman of the Commission of Privy Counsellors on the dispute between Buganda and Bunyoro in 1962.
Molson married Nancy Astington, daughter of W.H. Astington, Bramhall, Cheshire, in 1949.
At Lancing he was a contemporary and close friend of Evelyn Waugh, and known as "Luncher". To the young Waugh he represented a figure of louche daring, as evidenced by many suggestive but mostly inexplicit references in his published letters and diaries. They were less close from Oxford onwards.
- "I will look at any additional evidence to confirm the opinion to which I have already come."
- Oxford University Calendar 1928, Oxford : Oxford University Press, 1927, p.223
- "No. 34610". The London Gazette. 24 March 1939. p. 7.
- Who's Who, 1965, London : A. & C Black, 1965, p. 2140.
- "No. 42285". The London Gazette. 21 February 1961. p. 1359.
- Debrett's Peerage. 1973.
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Hugh Molson