Secretary of State for International Development

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United Kingdom
Secretary of State for International Development
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Incumbent
Justine Greening

since 4 September 2012
Department for International Development
Style The Right Honourable
Appointer Elizabeth II
Inaugural holder Barbara Castle
Formation 18 October 1964
Website http://www.dfid.gov.uk/
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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.

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 Foreign and Commonwealth Office on 15 October 1970. Wilson again established the Ministry in 1974, but later merged it into the Foreign Office 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]

The current Secretary of State for International Development is Justine Greening, who was appointed to the post on 4 September 2012.[2]

Ministers and Secretaries of State[edit]

Minister of Overseas Development (1964–1970)[edit]

Name Term of office Political 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

Minister for Overseas Development (1970–1997)[edit]

at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Name Term of office Political 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
(resigned)
Labour
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
Lynda Chalker
(Baroness Chalker from 1992)
24 July 1989 2 May 1997 Conservative
John Major

Secretary of State for International Development (1997–present)[edit]

Name Portrait Term of office Political party Prime Minister
Clare Short Clare Short, Birmingham for Gaza, January 2009 cropped.jpg 3 May 1997 12 May 2003
(resigned)
Labour Tony Blair
Valerie Amos
Baroness Amos
Baroness Valerie Ann Amos.jpg 12 May 2003 6 October 2003 Labour
Hilary Benn Hilary Benn.jpg 6 October 2003 27 June 2007 Labour
Douglas Alexander Douglas Alexander at the India Economic Summit 2008.jpg 28 June 2007 11 May 2010 Labour Gordon Brown
Andrew Mitchell Andrew Mitchell Official.jpg 12 May 2010 4 September 2012 Conservative David Cameron
(Coalition)
Justine Greening Justine Greening.jpg 4 September 2012 Incumbent Conservative

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