Conservative Government 1957–64

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The Conservative government of the United Kingdom that began in 1957 and ended in 1964 consisted of two ministries: the Macmillan Ministry and then the Douglas-Home Ministry.

Formation[edit]

In January 1957 Sir Anthony Eden resigned from his positions of Leader of the Conservative Party and Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. This was mainly a consequence of the Suez Crisis fiasco of the previous autumn but also due to his increasingly failing health. Harold Macmillan, formerly Foreign Secretary and Chancellor of the Exchequer, was chosen over Rab Butler to succeeded as party leader and consequently as Prime Minister.

Harold Macmillan tried to placate Butler, who had stood against Macmillan as leader, was appointing him to a senior position, that of Home Secretary. Peter Thorneycroft became Chancellor of the Exchequer, but caused embarrassment for Macmillan when he resigned only a year later. He was replaced by Derick Heathcoat Amory, previously Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food. Selwyn Lloyd was retained as Foreign Secretary, a post he held until 1960, when he succeeded Heathcoat Amory as Chancellor. Ernest Marples became Minister for Transport and The Earl of Home was promoted to Leader of the House of Lords and also continued as Secretary of State for Commonwealth Affairs before replacing Lloyd as Foreign Secretary in 1960. Lord Kilmuir and Alan Lennox-Boyd also retained their offices as Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for the Colonies respectively while Lord Hailsham became a member of the cabinet for the first time as Minister of Education. Future Chancellor Iain Macleod was appointed Minister of Labour and National Service and succeeded Lennox-Boyd as Secretary of State for the Colonies in 1961.

1959 general election[edit]

The Conservatives comfortably won the 1959 general election, extending their majority in the House of Commons. However, a series of economic measures in the early 1960s caused the popularity of the Conservative party to decline. Macmillan tried to contravene this by a major cabinet reshuffle in July 1962. Seven members of the cabinet were sacked in what became known as the Night of the Long Knives. Lord Kilmuir was notably replaced as Lord Chancellor by Lord Dilhorne, the emerging Reginald Maudling replaced Selwyn Lloyd as Chancellor while Peter Thorneycroft returned to the cabinet as Minister of Defence. Rab Butler was also promoted to the office of First Secretary of State. The move was controversial within the Conservative Party and was seen as a betrayal by many. Macmillan's credibility nationwide was also affected by the 1963 Profumo affair. However, it was still considered a surprise when he resigned in October 1963.

Alec Douglas-Home premiership[edit]

Macmillan's resignation saw a three-way-tussle for the party leadership and premiership. The Earl of Home and Lord Hailsham both disclaimed their peerages under the Peerage Act 1963 (and became known as Sir Alec Douglas-Home and Quintin Hogg respectively – this was because it was not considered appropriate for a Prime Minister to be a member of the House of Lords). Rab Butler was also in the running for the post but Douglas-Home was finally chosen to succeeded Macmillan. This was seen as controversial as it was alleged that Macmillan had pulled strings and utilised the party's grandees, nicknamed "The Magic Circle", to ensure that Butler was once again overlooked.

Douglas-Home ministry saw Rab Butler succeeded him as Foreign Secretary with Henry Brooke replacing Butler as Home Secretary. Reginald Maudling continued as Chancellor while Quinting Hogg remained as Lord President of the Council and Minister for Sports (although he was removed from the post of Leader of the House of Lords). In April 1964 he was made Minister for Education. Selwyn Lloyd also returned to the government after a one year absence as Leader of the House of Commons. Douglas-Home's government only lasted defeat in the October 1964 general election. He remained party leader until the 1965 party conference.

The 1957–1964 Conservative government saw several emerging figures who would later attain high office. Future Prime Minister Edward Heath became a member of the cabinet for the first time as Minister of Labour and National Service in 1959 while another future Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher, held her first government post in 1961 as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Pensions. The government also included future Chancellor Anthony Barber, future Home Secretary and Deputy Prime Minister William Whitelaw and future Secretary of State for Education and Science Sir Keith Joseph. Other notable government members included Enoch Powell, Lord Carrington, David Ormsby-Gore, John Profumo, Christopher Soames, Bill Deedes, Airey Neave and the Marquess of Salisbury. The Conservatives were defeated in the 1964 general election.

Cabinets[edit]

Macmillan’s Cabinets[edit]

January 1957 – October 1959[edit]

Changes[edit]
  • March 1957 – Lord Home succeeds Lord Salisbury as Lord President, remaining also Commonwealth Relations Secretary.
  • September 1957 – Lord Hailsham succeeds Lord Home as Lord President, Home remaining Commonwealth Relations Secretary. Geoffrey Lloyd succeeds Hailsham as Minister of Education. The Paymaster-General, Reginald Maudling, enters the Cabinet.
  • January 1958 – Derick Heathcoat Amory succeeds Peter Thorneycroft as Chancellor of the Exchequer. John Hare succeeds Amory as Minister of Agriculture.

October 1959 – July 1960[edit]

July 1960 – October 1961[edit]

October 1961 – July 1962[edit]

July 1962 – October 1963[edit]

In a radical reshuffle dubbed "The Night of the Long Knives", Macmillan sacked a third of his Cabinet and instituted many other changes.

Douglas-Home’s Cabinet[edit]

October 1963 – October 1964[edit]

Changes[edit]
  • April 1964: Quintin Hogg became Secretary of State for Education and Science. Sir Edward Boyle left the cabinet

List of Ministers[edit]

Members of the Cabinet are in bold face.

Office Name Dates Notes
Prime Minister
and First Lord of the Treasury
Harold Macmillan 10 January 1957 – 13 October 1963  
Sir Alec Douglas-Home 18 October 1963 – 16 October 1964  
First Secretary of State R. A. Butler 13 July 1962 Office wound up 18 October 1963
Lord Chancellor The Viscount Kilmuir 14 January 1957 Continued in office
The Lord Dilhorne 13 July 1962  
Lord President of the Council The Marquess of Salisbury 13 January 1957 also Leader of the House of Lords
The Earl of Home 29 March 1957 also Leader of the House of Lords
The Viscount Hailsham 17 September 1957
The Earl of Home 14 October 1959 also Leader of the House of Lords
The Viscount Hailsham 27 July 1960 Also Minister for Science until 1964 and Leader of the House of Lords until 20 October 1963
Lord Privy Seal R. A. Butler 13 January 1957 Also Home Secretary and Leader of the House of Commons
The Viscount Hailsham 14 October 1959 Also Minister for Science
Edward Heath 27 July 1960  
Selwyn Lloyd 20 October 1963 also Leader of the House of Commons
Chancellor of the Exchequer Peter Thorneycroft 13 January 1957  
Derick Heathcoat-Amory 6 January 1958  
Selwyn Lloyd 27 July 1960  
Reginald Maudling 13 July 1962  
Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury Edward Heath 17 January 1957  
Martin Redmayne 14 October 1959  
Financial Secretary to the Treasury Enoch Powell 16 January 1957  
Jocelyn Simon 6 January 1958  
Sir Edward Boyle 22 October 1959  
Anthony Barber 16 July 1962  
Alan Green 23 October 1963  
Economic Secretary to the Treasury Nigel Birch 16 January 1957 Office vacant from 6 January 1958
Frederick Erroll 23 October 1958  
Anthony Barber 22 October 1959  
Edward du Cann 16 July 1962  
Maurice Macmillan 21 October 1963  
Lords of the Treasury Martin Redmayne 21 January 1957 – 14 October 1959  
Peter Legh 21 January 1957 – 17 September 1957  
Edward Wakefield 21 January 1957 – 23 October 1958  
Harwood Harrison 21 January 1957 – 16 January 1959  
Anthony Barber 9 April 1957 – 19 February 1958  
Richard Brooman-White 28 October 1957 – 21 June 1958  
Paul Bryan 19 February 1958 – 9 February 1961  
Michael Hughes-Young 23 October 1958 – 6 March 1962  
Graeme Bell Finlay 16 January 1959 – 28 October 1960  
David Gibson-Watt 22 October 1959 – 29 November 1961  
Robin Chichester-Clark 21 June 1960 – 29 November 1961  
John Hill 28 October 1960 – 16 October 1964  
William Whitelaw 6 March 1961 – 16 July 1962  
John Peel 29 November 1961 – 16 October 1964  
Michael Noble 29 November 1961 – 13 July 1962  
Francis Pearson 6 March 1962 – 19 October 1963  
Gordon Campbell 6 September 1962 – 12 December 1963  
Michael Hamilton 6 September 1962 – 16 October 1964  
Martin McLaren 21 November 1963 – 16 October 1964  
Ian MacArthur 12 December 1963 – 16 October 1964  
Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs Selwyn Lloyd 14 January 1957  
The Earl of Home 27 July 1960  
Rab Butler 20 October 1963  
Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Allan Noble 16 January 1957 – 16 January 1959  
David Ormsby-Gore 16 January 1957 – 27 June 1961  
John Profumo 16 January 1959 – 27 July 1960  
Joseph Godber 27 June 1961 – 27 June 1963  
The Earl of Dundee 9 October 1961 – 16 October 1964  
Peter Thomas 27 June 1963 – 16 October 1964  
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs The Earl of Gosford 18 January 1957 – 23 October 1958
Ian Harvey 18 January 1957 – 24 November 1958  
The Marquess of Lansdowne 23 October 1958 – 20 April 1962  
John Profumo 28 November 1958 – 16 January 1959  
Robert Allan 16 January 1959 – 7 October 1960  
Joseph Godber 28 October 1960 – 27 June 1961  
Peter Thomas 27 June 1961 – 27 June 1963  
Peter Smithers 16 July 1962 – 29 January 1964  
Robert Mathew 30 January 1964 – 16 October 1964  
Secretary of State for the Home Department R. A. Butler 13 January 1957 also Leader of the House of Commons until 1961
Henry Brooke 13 July 1963  
Minister of State for Home Affairs Dennis Vosper 28 October 1960 New office
David Renton 27 June 1961  
The Earl Jellicoe 17 July 1962  
The Lord Derwent 21 October 1963  
Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department Patricia Hornsby-Smith 18 January 1957 – 22 October 1959  
Jocelyn Simon 18 January 1957 – 6 January 1958
David Renton 17 January 1958 – 27 June 1961  
Dennis Vosper 22 October 1959 – 28 October 1960  
The Earl Bathurst 8 February 1961 – 16 July 1962  
Charles Fletcher-Cooke 27 June 1961 – 27 February 1963  
Christopher Montague Woodhouse 16 July 1962 – 16 October 1964  
Mervyn Pike 1 March 1963 – 16 October 1964  
First Lord of the Admiralty The Earl of Selkirk 16 January 1957  
The Lord Carrington 16 October 1959  
The Earl Jellicoe 22 October 1963 Office reorganised 1 April 1964 under Ministry of Defence
Parliamentary and Financial Secretary to the Admiralty Christopher Soames 18 January 1957  
Robert Allan 17 January 1958  
Charles Ian Orr-Ewing 16 January 1959 Office vacant 16 October 1959
Civil Lord of the Admiralty Tam Galbraith 18 January 1957  
Ian Orr-Ewing 16 October 1959  
John Hay 3 May 1963  
Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food Derick Heathcoat Amory 14 January 1957  
John Hare 6 January 1958  
Christopher Soames 27 July 1960  
Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food The Earl St Aldwyn 18 January 1957  
Joseph Godber 18 January 1957 – 28 October 1960  
The Earl Waldegrave 27 June 1958 – 16 July 1962  
William Vane 28 October 1960 – 16 July 1962  
The Lord St Oswald 16 July 1962 – 16 October 1964  
James Scott-Hopkins 16 July 1962 – 16 October 1964  
Secretary of State for Air George Ward 16 January 1957  
Julian Amery 28 October 1960  
Hugh Fraser 16 July 1962 Office reorganised under Ministry of Defence 1 April 1964
Under-Secretary of State for Air Ian Orr-Ewing 18 January 1957  
Airey Neave 16 January 1959  
William Taylor 16 October 1959  
Julian Ridsdale 16 January 1962  
Minister of Aviation Duncan Sandys 14 October 1959  
Peter Thorneycroft 27 July 1960  
Julian Amery 16 July 1962  
Parliamentary Secretary for Aviation Geoffrey Rippon 22 October 1959  
Montague Woodhouse 9 October 1961  
Basil de Ferranti 16 July 1962  
Neil Marten 3 December 1962  
Secretary of State for the Colonies Alan Lennox-Boyd 14 January 1957  
Iain Macleod 14 October 1959  
Reginald Maudling 9 October 1961  
Duncan Sandys 13 July 1962 Joint with Commonwealth Relations
Minister of State for the Colonies The Earl of Perth 16 January 1957  
The Marquess of Lansdowne 20 April 1962 Joint with Commonwealth Relations from 21 October 1963
Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies John Profumo 17 January 1957  
Julian Amery 28 November 1958  
Hugh Fraser 28 October 1960  
Nigel Fisher 16 July 1962 – 16 October 1964  
Richard Hornby 24 October 1963 – 16 October 1964  
Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations The Earl of Home 14 January 1957 also Leader of the House of Lords from 19 March 1957
Duncan Sandys 27 July 1960 Jointly with Colonial Office from 13 July 1962
Minister of State for Commonwealth Relations Cuthbert Alport 22 October 1959 – 8 February 1961  
The Duke of Devonshire 6 September 1962 – 16 October 1964 With Colonial Office from 21 October 1963
Under-Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations Cuthbert Alport 18 January 1957  
Richard Thompson 22 October 1959  
The Duke of Devonshire 28 October 1960 – 6 September 1962  
Bernard Braine 8 February 1961 – 16 July 1962  
John Tilney 16 July 1962 – 16 October 1964  
Minister of Defence Duncan Sandys 13 January 1957  
Harold Watkinson 14 October 1959  
Peter Thorneycroft 13 July 1962 Secretary of State for Defence from 1 April 1964 
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Defence The Lord Mancroft 18 January 1957 Office vacant 11 June 1957
Minister of State for Air Hugh Fraser 1 April 1964  
Minister of State for Army James Ramsden 1 April 1964  
Minister of State for Navy The Earl Jellicoe 1 April 1964  
Under-Secretary of State for Air Julian Ridsdale 1 April 1964  
Under-Secretary of State for Army Peter Kirk 1 April 1964  
Under-Secretary of State for Navy John Hay 1 April 1964  
Minister of Education The Viscount Hailsham 13 January 1957  
Geoffrey Lloyd 17 September 1957  
Sir David Eccles 14 October 1959  
Quintin Hogg 1 April 1964 Secretary of State for Education and Science
Minister of State for Education Sir Edward Boyle 1 April 1964  
Peter Legh 1 April 1964 Office note in Cabinet
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Education Sir Edward Boyle 18 January 1957  
Kenneth Thompson 22 October 1959  
Christopher Chataway 16 July 1962 Offices reorganised 1 April 1964
Under-Secretary of State for Education The Earl of Bessborough 1 April 1964  
Christopher Chataway 1 April 1964  
Minister of Health Dennis Vosper 16 January 1957  
Derek Walker-Smith 17 September 1957  
Enoch Powell 27 July 1960 In Cabinet from 13 July 1962
Anthony Barber 20 October 1963  
Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Health John Vaughan-Morgan 18 January 1957  
Richard Thompson 17 September 1957  
Edith Pitt 22 October 1959  
Bernard Braine 16 July 1962 – 16 October 1964  
The Lord Newton 6 September 1962 – 1 April 1964  
The Marquess of Lothian 24 March 1964 – 16 October 1964  
Minister of Housing, Local Government and Welsh Affairs Henry Brooke 13 January 1957  
Charles Hill 9 October 1961  
Sir Keith Joseph 13 July 1962  
Minister of State for Welsh Affairs The Lord Brecon 12 December 1957  
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Housing and Local Government Reginald Bevins 18 January 1957  
Sir Keith Joseph 22 October 1959 – 9 October 1961  
The Earl Jellicoe 27 June 1961 – 16 July 1962  
Geoffrey Rippon 9 October 1961 – 16 July 1962  
Frederick Corfield 16 July 1962 – 16 October 1964  
The Lord Hastings 3 December 1962 – 16 October 1964  
Minister of Labour and National Service Iain Macleod 14 January 1957  
Edward Heath 14 October 1959  
John Hare 27 July 1960  
Joseph Godber 20 October 1963  
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Labour Robert Carr 19 January 1957  
Richard Wood 14 April 1958  
Peter Thomas 22 October 1959  
Alan Green 27 June 1961  
William Whitelaw 16 July 1962  
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Charles Hill 13 January 1957  
Iain Macleod 9 October 1961 also Leader of the House of Commons
The Lord Blakenham 20 October 1963  
Paymaster General Reginald Maudling 16 January 1957 Office in Cabinet from 17 September 1957
The Lord Mills 14 October 1959  
Henry Brooke 9 October 1961 Also Chief Secretary to the Treasury
John Boyd-Carpenter 13 July 1962  
Minister of Pensions and National Insurance John Boyd-Carpenter 16 January 1957  
Niall Macpherson 16 July 1962  
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Pensions Edith Pitt 19 January 1957 – 22 October 1959  
Richard Wood 19 January 1957 – 14 April 1958  
William Vane 14 April 1958 – 20 October 1960  
Patricia Hornsby-Smith 22 October 1959 – 31 August 1961  
Bernard Braine 28 October 1960 – 8 February 1961  
Richard Sharples 8 February 1961 – 16 July 1962  
Margaret Thatcher 9 October 1961 – 16 October 1964  
Lynch Maydon 16 July 1962 – 16 October 1964  
Minister without Portfolio The Earl of Munster 16 January 1957  
The Lord Mancroft 11 June 1957  
The Earl of Dundee 23 October 1958  
The Lord Mills 9 October 1961 – 14 July 1962 Office in Cabinet
William Deedes 13 July 1962 – 16 October 1964  
The Lord Carrington 20 October 1963 – 16 October 1964 also Leader of the House of Lords
Postmaster-General Ernest Marples 16 January 1957  
Reginald Bevins 22 October 1959  
Assistant Postmaster-General Kenneth Thompson 18 January 1957  
Mervyn Pike 22 October 1959  
Raymond Llewellyn Mawby 1 March 1963  
Minister of Power The Lord Mills 13 January 1957  
Richard Wood 14 October 1959 Office not in Cabinet
Frederick Erroll 20 October 1963 Office back in Cabinet
Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Power David Renton 18 January 1957  
Sir Ian Horobin 17 January 1958  
John George 22 October 1959  
John Peyton 25 June 1962  
Minister of Science The Viscount Hailsham 14 October 1959 also Leader of the House of Lords 27 July 1960 – 20 October 1963; From 1 April 1964 Secretary of State for Education and Science
Secretary of State for Scotland John Maclay 13 January 1957  
Michael Noble 13 July 1962  
Minister of State for Scotland The Lord Strathclyde 17 January 1957  
The Lord Forbes 23 October 1958  
Jack Nixon Browne 22 October 1959 Lord Craigton
Under-Secretary of State for Scotland Jack Nixon Browne 18 January 1957 – 22 October 1959  
Niall Macpherson 19 January 1957 – 28 October 1960  
Lord John Hope 18 January 1957 – 22 October 1959  
Tam Galbraith 22 October 1959 – 8 November 1962  
Gilmour Leburn 22 October 1959 – 15 August 1963  
Richard Brooman-White 28 October 1960 – 12 December 1963  
The Lady Tweedsmuir 3 December 1962 – 16 October 1964  
Anthony Stodart 19 August 1963 – 16 October 1964  
Gordon Campbell 12 December 1963 – 16 October 1964  
Minister of Supply Aubrey Jones 16 January 1957 Office wound up 22 October 1959
Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Supply William Taylor 18 January 1957 Office wound up 22 October 1959
Minister for Technical Cooperation Dennis Vosper 27 June 1961  
Robert Carr 9 May 1963  
President of the Board of Trade Sir David Eccles 13 January 1957  
Reginald Maudling 14 October 1959  
Frederick Erroll 9 October 1961  
Edward Heath 20 October 1963 Also Secretary of State for Industry, Trade and Regional Development
Minister of State for Trade Derek Walker-Smith 16 January 1957  
John Vaughan-Morgan 17 September 1957  
Frederick Erroll 22 October 1959  
Sir Keith Joseph 9 October 1961  
Alan Green 16 July 1962 – 23 October 1963  
The Lord Derwent 6 September 1962 – 23 October 1963  
The Lord Drumalbyn 23 October 1963 – 16 October 1964 Formerly N Macpherson
Edward du Cann 21 October 1963 – 16 October 1964  
Parliamentary Secretary to the Board of Trade Frederick Erroll 18 January 1957  
John Rodgers 24 October 1958  
Niall Macpherson 28 October 1960  
David Price 17 July 1962  
Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation Harold Watkinson 13 January 1957 Civil aviation separated 14 October 1959
Ernest Marples 14 October 1959  
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Transport Richard Nugent 18 January 1957 – 22 October 1959  
Airey Neave 18 January 1957 – 16 January 1959  
John Hay 16 January 1959 – 3 May 1963  
The Lord Chesham 22 October 1959 – 16 October 1964  
John Hughes-Hallett 26 April 1961 – 16 October 1964  
Tam Galbraith 3 May 1963 – 16 October 1964  
Secretary of State for War John Hare 16 January 1957  
Christopher Soames 6 January 1958  
John Profumo 27 July 1960  
Joseph Godber 27 June 1963  
James Ramsden 21 October 1963 Reorganised under Ministry of Defence 1 April 1964
Under-Secretary of State and Financial Secretary for War Julian Amery 18 January 1957  
Hugh Fraser 28 November 1958  
James Ramsden 28 October 1960  
Peter Kirk 24 October 1963  
Minister of Works Hugh Molson 16 January 1957  
Lord John Hope 22 October 1959  
Geoffrey Rippon 16 July 1962 Minister of Public Building and Works. In Cabinet from 20 October 1963
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Works Harmar Nicholls 18 January 1957  
Richard Thompson 28 October 1960  
Richard Sharples 16 July 1962  
Attorney General Sir Reginald Manningham-Buller 17 January 1957  
Sir John Hobson 16 July 1962  
Solicitor General Sir Harry Hylton-Foster 17 January 1957  
Sir Jocelyn Simon 22 October 1959  
Sir John Hobson 8 February 1962  
Sir Peter Rawlinson 19 July 1962  
Lord Advocate William Rankine Milligan 17 January 1957  
William Grant 5 April 1960  
Ian Shearer 12 October 1962 Not an MP
Solicitor General for Scotland William Grant 17 January 1957  
David Colville Anderson 11 May 1960  
Norman Wylie 27 April 1964  
Treasurer of the Household Hendrie Oakshott 19 January 1957  
Peter Legh 16 January 1959 Lord Newton
Edward Wakefield 21 June 1960  
Michael Hughes-Young 6 March 1962  
Comptroller of the Household Gerald Wills 19 January 1957 Knighted
Edward Wakefield 23 October 1958  
Harwood Harrison 16 January 1959  
Robin Chichester-Clark 29 November 1961  
Vice-Chamberlain of the Household Richard Thompson 21 January 1957  
Peter Legh 17 September 1957  
Edward Wakefield 16 January 1959  
Richard Brooman-White 21 June 1960  
Graeme Finlay 28 October 1960  
Captain of the Gentlemen-at-Arms The Earl Fortescue 21 January 1957  
The Earl St Aldwyn 27 June 1958  
Captain of the Yeomen of the Guard The Earl of Onslow 21 January 1957  
The Lord Newton 28 October 1960  
The Viscount Goschen 6 September 1962  
Lords in Waiting The Lord Hawke 21 January 1957 – 11 June 1957  
The Lord Fairfax of Cameron 21 January 1957 – 21 June 1957  
The Lord Chesham 21 January 1957 – 22 October 1959  
The Marquess of Lansdowne 11 June 1957 – 23 October 1958  
The Earl Bathurst 17 September 1957 – 8 February 1961  
The Earl of Gosford 23 October 1958 – 22 October 1959  
The Lord St Oswald 22 October 1959 – 16 July 1962  
The Earl Jellicoe 8 February 1961 – 27 June 1961  
The Lord Hastings 6 March 1961 – 3 December 1962  
The Lord Denham 27 June 1961 – 16 October 1964  
The Marquess of Lothian 6 September 1962 – 3 March 1964  
The Earl Ferrers 3 December 1962 – 10 October 1964  

References[edit]

  • D. Butler and G. Butler (ed.). Twentieth Century British Political Facts 1900–2000. 
Preceded by
Eden ministry
Government of the United Kingdom
1957–1964
Succeeded by
First Wilson ministry