Boyson served as a Minister of State at the Northern Ireland Office from 11 September 1984 to 10 September 1986. During his tenure, he clashed with unionists over their boycott of Ministers in protest at the Anglo-Irish Agreement.
- Sir Rhodes Boyson, Times Education Supplement, 27 April 2001.
- David Butler and Gareth Butler, Twentieth Century British Political Facts 1900-2000, Macmillan, 2000, p.41.
- W.D Flackes, & Sydney Elliott, Northern Ireland: A Political Directory 1968-88, Blackstaff Press, 1989, p.82.