Minister of State for Trade Policy

(Redirected from Minister of State for Trade)

The Minister of State for Trade Policy is a mid-level role at the Department for Business and Trade in the Government of the United Kingdom. It is currently held by Greg Hands, who took the office on 13 November 2023. From 2016 to February 2023 the role was based in the Department for International Trade.

United Kingdom
Minister of State for Trade Policy
Incumbent
Greg Hands
since 13 November 2023
Department for Business and Trade
StyleMinister
NominatorPrime Minister of the United Kingdom
AppointerThe Monarch
on advice of the Prime Minister
Formation3 September 1953
First holderDerick Heathcoat-Amory
Final holderGreg Hands
Abolished7 February 2023
Websitewww.gov.uk/government/ministers/minister-of-state--96

History edit

Although a Minister of State position, it was considered to be one of the most important jobs outside Cabinet rank as when Douglas Alexander became Minister of State for Trade in September 2004, he was given a special provision to attend the Cabinet meetings.

The subsequent role of Minister of State for Investment was created in 2021.

The minister formerly worked at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and Department for International Trade.

List of ministers edit

Minister Entered office Left office Political party Prime Minister

Minister of State for Trade edit

  Derick Heathcoat-Amory 3 September 1953 18 October 1954 Conservative Winston Churchill
  Derek Walker-Smith 18 October 1954 6 April 1955 Conservative
  Derick Heathcoat-Amory 6 April 1955 16 January 1957 Conservative Anthony Eden
  Derek Walker-Smith 16 January 1957 17 September 1957 Conservative Harold Macmillan
  John Vaughan-Morgan 17 September 1957 22 October 1959 Conservative
  Frederick Erroll 22 October 1959 9 October 1961 Conservative
  Keith Joseph 9 October 1961 16 July 1962 Conservative
  Alan Green 16 July 1962 23 October 1963 Conservative
  The Lord Derwent 6 September 1962 23 October 1963 Conservative
  The Lord Drumalbyn 23 October 1963 16 October 1964 Conservative Alec Douglas-Home
  Edward du Cann 23 October 1963 16 October 1964 Conservative
  George Darling 20 October 1964 6 April 1968 Labour Harold Wilson
  Edward Redhead 20 October 1964 11 October 1965 Labour
  Roy Mason 20 October 1964 7 January 1967 Labour
  The Lord Brown 11 October 1965 19 June 1970 Labour
  Joseph Mallalieu 7 January 1967 1 July 1968 Labour
  Edmund Dell 6 April 1968 13 October 1969 Labour
  William Rodgers 1 July 1968 13 October 1969 Labour
  Goronwy Roberts 13 October 1969 19 June 1970 Labour
  Frederick Corfield 24 June 1970 15 October 1970 Conservative Edward Heath
  Michael Noble 15 October 1970 5 November 1972 Conservative
  Geoffrey Howe[a] 5 November 1972 4 March 1974 Conservative

Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Trade edit

  Eric Deakins 4 March 1974 5 April 1976 Labour Harold Wilson
  Stanley Clinton-Davis 4 March 1974 4 May 1979 Labour
  Michael Meacher 5 April 1976 4 May 1979 Labour James Callaghan

Minister of State for Trade edit

  Cecil Parkinson 7 May 1979 14 September 1981 Conservative Margaret Thatcher
  Peter Rees 14 September 1981 9 June 1983 Conservative
  Paul Channon 9 June 1983 24 January 1986 Conservative
  Alan Clark 24 January 1986 25 July 1989 Conservative
  The Lord Trefgarne 25 July 1989 23 July 1990 Conservative
  Tim Sainsbury 23 July 1990 14 April 1992 Conservative John Major
  Richard Needham 14 April 1992 6 July 1995 Conservative
  Anthony Nelson 6 July 1995 2 May 1997 Conservative
  The Lord Clinton-Davis 2 May 1997 28 July 1998 Labour Tony Blair
  Brian Wilson 28 July 1998 28 July 1999 Labour
  Richard Caborn 28 July 1999 11 June 2001 Labour
  The Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean 11 June 2001 13 June 2003 Labour
  Mike O'Brien 13 June 2003 9 September 2004 Labour
  Douglas Alexander 9 September 2004 11 May 2005 Labour
  Ian Pearson 11 May 2005 8 May 2006 Labour
  Ian McCartney[b] 8 May 2006 28 June 2007 Labour
  The Lord Jones of Birmingham 29 June 2007 3 October 2008 Independent[c] Gordon Brown
  Gareth Thomas[d] 3 October 2008 5 June 2009 Labour

Minister of State for Trade, Investment and Business edit

  The Lord Davies of Abersoch 14 January 2009 11 May 2010 Labour Gordon Brown

Minister of State for Business and Enterprise edit

  Mark Prisk[e] 11 May 2010 11 January 2011 Conservative David Cameron

Minister of State for Trade and Investment edit

  The Lord Green of Hurstpierpoint 11 January 2011 11 December 2013 Conservative David Cameron
  The Lord Livingston of Parkhead 11 December 2013 11 May 2015 Conservative
  The Lord Maude of Horsham 11 May 2015 10 February 2016 Conservative David Cameron
  The Lord Price[f] 4 April 2016 3 September 2017 Conservative Theresa May

Minister of State for Trade edit

  The Baroness Fairhead 28 September 2017 7 May 2019 Conservative Theresa May

Minister of State for Trade Policy edit

  Greg Hands 15 July 2016 21 June 2018 Conservative Theresa May
  George Hollingbery 21 June 2018 25 July 2019 Conservative
  Conor Burns 25 July 2019 4 May 2020 Conservative Boris Johnson
  Greg Hands 13 February 2020 15 September 2021 Conservative
  Penny Mordaunt 16 September 2021 6 September 2022 Conservative
  Conor Burns 7 September 2022 7 October 2022 Conservative Liz Truss
  Greg Hands 9 October 2022 7 February 2023 Conservative
Rishi Sunak
Vacant 7 February 2023 13 November 2023
  Greg Hands 13 November 2023 Incumbent Conservative

Minister of State for Investment edit

Minister of State Entered office Left office Political party Prime Minister
  The Lord Grimstone of Boscobel 18 March 2020 7 July 2022 Conservative Boris Johnson
  The Lord Johnson of Lainston 2 October 2022 28 October 2022 Conservative Liz Truss
24 November 2022 Incumbent Conservative Rishi Sunak

Notes edit

  1. ^ Attended Cabinet.
  2. ^ Attended Cabinet.
  3. ^ Jones sat on the Labour benches in the House of Lords, but never joined the party.
  4. ^ Thomas apparently continued as a Trade Minister after the appointment of Davies. BERR described him simply as Minister for Trade, rather than Minister for Trade and Investment, as he was prior to Davies' appointment.[1]
  5. ^ He handled UK Trade & Investment until Green entered the government.
  6. ^ Joyce Anelay, Baroness Anelay of St John's was given Maude's responsibilities on an interim basis until Price took up the role in March 2016.[2]

References edit

  1. ^ BERR - Ministerial TeamArchived 2008-12-23 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Ministerial appointment: Mark Ian Price". Retrieved 10 February 2016.

External links edit