Lord Falconer of Thoroton was appointed as Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs and Lord Chancellor in June 2003. He was educated at Trinity College, Glenalmond, and Queens' College, Cambridge.
He was called to the Bar (Inner Temple) in 1974 and was appointed Solicitor General in May 1997.
He served as Minister of State at the Cabinet Office from July 1998 to June 2001.
In June 2001 he joined the Department for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, where he was appointed Minister for Housing, Planning and Regeneration.
He moved to the Home Office in May 2002 as Minister of State for Criminal Justice, Sentencing and Law Reform.
He is married with three sons and one daughter
The Secretary of State will deal personally with: