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Secretary of State for International Development

Her Majesty's Principal Secretary of State for International Development is a British cabinet minister responsible for the Department for International Development and for promoting development overseas, particularly in developing countries. The post was created in 1997 when the Department for International Development was made independent of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO).

Secretary of State for International Development
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Alok Sharma

since 24 July 2019
Department for International Development
StyleThe Right Honourable
AppointerThe Monarch
on advice of the Prime Minister
Formation18 October 1964
First holderBarbara Castle
DeputyMinister of State for International Development

A separate Ministry of Overseas Development was established by Harold Wilson when he came to office in 1964. The first three holders of the office served in the Cabinet, but from 29 August 1967 the office was demoted. Under Edward Heath, the Ministry was re-incorporated into the FCO on 15 October 1970. Wilson again established the Ministry in 1974, but later merged it into the FCO once again: from 10 June 1975 to 8 October 1979 the Foreign Secretary served as Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs and Minister for Overseas Development in the cabinet, while the Minister for Overseas Development held the rank of Minister of State within the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. The Minister of State had day-to-day responsibility. Under the Labour government of the 1970s, Reg Prentice sat in the Cabinet during his term.[1]

List of Ministers and Secretaries of StateEdit

Ministers of Overseas Development (1964–1970)Edit

Minister of Overseas Development
Name Term of office Party Prime Minister
Barbara Castle 18 October 1964 23 December 1965 Labour Harold Wilson
Anthony Greenwood 23 December 1965 11 August 1966 Labour
Arthur Bottomley 11 August 1966 29 August 1967 Labour
Reginald Prentice 29 August 1967 6 October 1969 Labour
Judith Hart 6 October 1969 19 June 1970 Labour
Richard Wood 23 June 1970 15 October 1970 Conservative Edward Heath

Ministers for Overseas Development (1970–1997)Edit

Minister for Overseas Development at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Name Term of office Party Prime Minister
Richard Wood 15 October 1970 4 March 1974 Conservative Edward Heath
Judith Hart 7 March 1974 10 June 1975 Labour Harold Wilson
Reginald Prentice 10 June 1975 21 December 1976
James Callaghan
Frank Judd 21 December 1976 21 February 1977 Labour
Judith Hart 21 February 1977 4 May 1979 Labour
Neil Marten 6 May 1979 6 January 1983 Conservative Margaret Thatcher
Tim Raison 6 January 1983 10 September 1986 Conservative
Chris Patten 10 September 1986 24 July 1989 Conservative
The Baroness Chalker of Wallasey 24 July 1989 2 May 1997 Conservative
John Major

Secretaries of State for International Development (1997–present)Edit

Secretary of State for International Development
Portrait Name Term of office Party Prime Minister
  Clare Short 3 May 1997 12 May 2003 Labour Tony Blair
  The Baroness Amos 12 May 2003 6 October 2003 Labour
  Hilary Benn 6 October 2003 27 June 2007 Labour
  Douglas Alexander 28 June 2007 11 May 2010 Labour Gordon Brown
  Andrew Mitchell 12 May 2010 4 September 2012 Conservative David Cameron
  Justine Greening 4 September 2012 14 July 2016 Conservative
David Cameron
  Priti Patel 14 July 2016 8 November 2017 Conservative Theresa May
Theresa May
  Penny Mordaunt 9 November 2017 1 May 2019 Conservative
  Rory Stewart 1 May 2019 24 July 2019 Conservative
  Alok Sharma 24 July 2019 Present Conservative Boris Johnson

Ministers of State for International DevelopmentEdit


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 11 October 2010. Retrieved 16 November 2010.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)