Hawkins was educated at Cheltenham College and served in the Royal Norfolk Regiment of the Territorial Army 1933-45. He was a livestock auctioner and chartered surveyor, and served as a councillor on Norfolk County Council.
Hawkins was Member of Parliament (MP) for South West Norfolk from 1964 to 1987 when he retired. Future minister Gillian Shephard was his successor. Sir Paul was a Government Whip under Edward Heath (1970-1974), serving as an assistant whip 1970-1971, a Lord of the Treasury 1971-1973, and Vice-Chamberlain of the Household 1973-1974. He was knighted in 1982.
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