ENA was very sorry to hear of the untimely death of the Rt Hon Lord Peter Fraser of Carmyllie QC, at the age of 68 on 23 June 2013. He was the last Conservative Energy Minister before the General Election of 1997. The role was not held by a Conservative again until May 2010 when Charles Hendry became Minister. Peter Fraser had an illustrious legal career which saw him become the youngest Solicitor-General for Scotland at the age of 36 and oversaw the Lockerbie investigation. However he maintained his interest in energy issues being particularly keen to support coal bed methane development. He was also Honourable Treasurer of the All Party Energy Studies Group. His interest in energy was no doubt encouraged by sharing an office with Lord Jenkin. I last spoke to him only a couple of months ago when he seemed in fine fettle.
One thing probably not generally known about him was that he became an orphan at a young age and it was war time adviser to Churchill, Brendan Bracken who persuaded Sir Anthony Eden to help the 12 year old boy with his education. Perhaps the last word should be left to Matthew Parris who said he was “quiet, clever and nice”.