The Secretary of State for War and the Colonies was a British cabinet-level position responsible for the army and the British colonies (other than India). The Secretary was supported by an Under-Secretary of State for War and the Colonies.
|Secretary of State for War and the Colonies|
|Style||The Right Honourable[Note 1]|
|Member of||Cabinet · Privy Council · Parliament|
|Appointer||Monarch of the United Kingdom|
based on advice of the Prime Minister
|Term length||At His Majesty's pleasure|
|Formation||17 March 1801|
|First holder||The Lord Hobart|
|Final holder||The Duke of Newcastle|
|Abolished||10 June 1854|
|Succession||Secretary of State for War · Secretary of State for the Colonies|
|Deputy||Under-Secretary of State for War and the Colonies|
|Royal Navy||British Army||Royal Air Force||Co-ordination|
|1628||First Lord of the Admiralty
|1794||Secretary of State for War
|1801||Secretary of State for War and the Colonies
|1854||Secretary of State for War
|1919||Secretary of State for Air
|1936||Minister for Co-ordination of Defence|
|1940||Minister of Defence (1940–1964)|
|1964||Secretary of State for Defence (1964–present)|
List of Secretaries of State for War and the Colonies (1801–1854)Edit
- Typical style for members of the Privy Council and peers ranked below Marquess. For peers of the rank Marquess The Most Honourable; for peers of the rank Duke His Grace.
- The Prince of Wales served as Prince Regent from 5 February 1811.
- MP for North Lancashire until 1844; thereafter summoned to Parliament through a writ in acceleration in respect of his father's title, Baron Stanley of Bickerstaffe.
- On appointment to office a ministerial by-election was triggered in the Newark-upon-Trent constituency that Gladstone had represented since 1832. Gladstone did not contest the seat, and was not returned to Parliament until the 1847 general election.