The University of Wolverhampton’s
Chancellor, Lord Paul, has been appointed as a member of the Privy
Council by the Queen at a meeting of the Privy Council on 8 July
2009. His full title is now The Rt Hon Lord Paul of
Lord Paul, founder of Caparo, is the first
Asian to hold the office of deputy speaker of the House of Lords
and only the second Indian-born Asian to be appointed to the Privy
He said he felt “honoured, privileged and
grateful” for the honour.
A Privy Councillor must be a British subject
and takes an oath of allegiance to the sovereign.
The modern Privy Council consists of some 500
people who hold or have held high legal or political offices
including all members of the cabinet and ministers of cabinet rank,
together with the archbishops of Canterbury and York, the speaker
of the House of Commons, a number of Commonwealth politicians, and
The full Privy Council now meets to sign the
proclamation of a new sovereign and when a sovereign announces his
or her intention to marry.There are regular monthly meetings of the
Queen and a small number of relevant ministers to adopt orders in
Lord (Swraj) Paul, Chairman of Caparo Group,
is a leading businessman and an active member of the House of
Lords. Born in Jalandhar, India in 1931, he was educated at Punjab
University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA.
He has been the University of Wolverhampton’s
Chancellor since 1998.
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