Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food

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The Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food was a United Kingdom cabinet position, responsible for the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food. The post was originally named President of the Board of Agriculture and was created in 1889. In 1903 an Act was passed to transfer to the new-styled Board of Agriculture and Fisheries certain powers and duties relating to the fishing industry, and the post was renamed President of the Board of Agriculture and Fisheries. In 1919 it was renamed Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries. In 1954 the separate position of Minister of Food was merged into the post and it was renamed Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food. Successive Prime Ministers were asked to upgrade the Ministry to a Department of State and take the title 'Secretary of State', but all refused.

On 8 June 2001, the Ministry merged with Secretary of State for the Environment into the office of Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. However, the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food was not formally abolished until The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (Dissolution) Order 2002 (S.I. 2002/794) came into force on 27 March 2002. Until the Dissolution Order also made the necessary amendments to the law when it did come into force, many statutory functions were still vested in the holder of the office of Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, rather in the Secretary of State at large. For that reason, in a final twist, Margaret Beckett had to be appointed formally as the last ever Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food as well as becoming the first Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

Presidents of the Board of Agriculture, 1889–1903[edit]

Name Portrait Entered office Left office Political party
Henry Chaplin Young1stViscountChaplin.jpg 9 September 1889 11 August 1892 Conservative
Herbert Gardner Herbert Gardner, Vanity Fair, 1886-04-07.jpg 25 August 1892 21 June 1895 Liberal
Walter Long Walter Hume Long, 1st Viscount Long portrait.jpg 4 July 1895 16 November 1900 Conservative
Robert William Hanbury Robert Hanbury.JPG 16 November 1900 28 April 1903 Conservative

Presidents of the Board of Agriculture and Fisheries, 1903–1919[edit]

Name Portrait Entered office Left office Political party
William Onslow
The Earl of Onslow
4thEarlOfOnslow.jpg 19 May 1903 12 March 1905 Conservative
Hon. Ailwyn Fellowes Ailwyn Fellowes.JPG 12 March 1905 4 December 1905 Conservative
Robert Wynn-Carington
The Earl Carrington
1stMarquessOfLincolnshire.jpg 10 December 1905 23 October 1911 Liberal
Walter Runciman Viscount Runciman of Doxford.JPG 23 October 1911 6 August 1914 Liberal
Auberon Herbert
The Lord Lucas
No image.svg 6 August 1914 25 May 1915 Liberal
William Palmer
The Earl of Selborne
Selborne2.JPG 25 May 1915 11 July 1916 Conservative
David Lindsay
The Earl of Crawford
Crawford27.JPG 11 July 1916 10 December 1916 Conservative
Rowland Prothero No image.svg 10 December 1916 15 August 1919 Conservative

Ministers of Agriculture and Fisheries, 1919–1954[edit]

Name Portrait Entered office Left office Political party
Arthur Lee
The Lord Lee of Fareham
Viscount Lee of Fareham.JPG 15 August 1919 13 February 1921 Conservative
Arthur Griffith-Boscawen Arthur Griffith-Boscawen Westminster1899.jpg 13 February 1921 24 October 1922 Conservative
Sir Robert Sanders, Bt Robert Sanders.JPG 24 October 1922 22 January 1924 Conservative
Noel Buxton Noel Noel-Buxton.jpg 22 January 1924 3 November 1924 Labour
Hon. E. F. L. Wood Lord Halifax 1937.jpg 6 November 1924 4 November 1925 Conservative
Hon. Walter Guinness Walter Guinness, Lord Moyne.jpg 4 November 1925 4 June 1929 Conservative
Noel Buxton Noel Noel-Buxton.jpg 7 June 1929 5 June 1930 Labour
Christopher Addison Christopher Addison, 1st Viscount Addison.jpg 5 June 1930 24 August 1931 Labour
Sir John Gilmour, Bt SirJohnGilmour.jpg 25 August 1931 28 September 1932 Conservative
Walter Elliot Walter Elliot Elliot.jpg 28 September 1932 29 October 1936 Conservative
William Morrison WilliamMorrisonDunrossil cropped.jpg 29 October 1936 29 January 1939 Conservative
Sir Reginald Dorman-Smith No image.svg 29 January 1939 14 May 1940 Conservative
Robert Hudson No image.svg 14 May 1940 26 July 1945 Conservative
Tom Williams No image.svg 3 August 1945 26 October 1951 Labour
Sir Thomas Dugdale, Bt No image.svg 31 October 1951 20 July 1954 Conservative
Derick Heathcoat-Amory Derick Heathcoat-Amory cropped.png 28 July 1954 18 October 1954 Conservative

Ministers of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, 1954–2001[edit]

Name Portrait Entered office Left office Political party
Derick Heathcoat-Amory Derick Heathcoat-Amory cropped.png 18 October 1954 6 January 1958 Conservative
Hon. John Hare No image.svg 6 January 1958 27 July 1960 Conservative
Christopher Soames No image.svg 27 July 1960 16 October 1964 Conservative
Fred Peart No image.svg 16 October 1964 6 April 1968 Labour
Cledwyn Hughes No image.svg 6 April 1968 19 June 1970 Labour
James Prior No image.svg 20 June 1970 5 November 1972 Conservative
Joseph Godber No image.svg 5 November 1972 4 March 1974 Conservative
Fred Peart No image.svg 5 March 1974 10 September 1976 Labour
Hon. John Silkin No image.svg 10 September 1976 4 May 1979 Labour
Peter Walker No image.svg 5 May 1979 11 June 1983 Conservative
Michael Jopling No image.svg 11 June 1983 13 June 1987 Conservative
John MacGregor No image.svg 13 June 1987 24 July 1989 Conservative
John Gummer John Gummer 2006-03-01.jpg 24 July 1989 27 May 1993 Conservative
Gillian Shephard No image.svg 27 May 1993 20 July 1994 Conservative
Hon. William Waldegrave William Waldegrave visiting University of Salford 1981 cropped.jpg 20 July 1994 5 July 1995 Conservative
Hon. Douglas Hogg DouglasHogg 20040917.jpg 5 July 1995 2 May 1997 Conservative
Jack Cunningham No image.svg 3 May 1997 27 July 1998 Labour
Nick Brown No image.svg 27 July 1998 8 June 2001 Labour
Margaret Beckett Margaret Beckett May 2007.jpg 8 June 2001 27 March 2002 Labour