Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations

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The Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations was a British Cabinet office existing between 1947 and 1966, responsible for dealing with British relationship with members of the Commonwealth of Nations (its former colonies). The position was created out of the old position of Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs. In 1966, the position was merged with that of the Secretary of State for the Colonies to form that of Secretary of State for Commonwealth Affairs, which was in turn merged with the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs in 1968 to create the new position of Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs.

Secretaries of State for Commonwealth Relations, 1947–1966[edit]

Name Portrait Term of office Political party P.M. F.Sec.
Christopher Addison,
1st Viscount Addison
Christopher Addison, 1st Viscount Addison.jpg 7 July 1947 7 October 1947 Labour Attlee Bevin
Philip Noel-Baker Philip Noel-Baker 1942.jpg 7 October 1947 28 February 1950 Labour
Patrick Gordon Walker No image.svg 28 February 1950 26 October 1951 Labour
Hastings Ismay,
1st Lord Ismay
Ismay cropped.jpg 28 October 1951 12 March 1952 none Churchill Eden
Robert Gascoyne-Cecil,
5th Marquess of Salisbury
Robert Gascoyne-Cecil 1947.jpg 12 March 1952 24 November 1952 Conservative
Philip Cunliffe-Lister,
1st Viscount Swinton
No image.svg 24 November 1952 7 April 1955 Conservative
Alec Douglas-Home,
14th Earl of Home
Alec Douglas-Home (c1963).jpg 7 April 1955 27 July 1960 Conservative Eden Macmillan
Duncan Sandys Duncan Sandys 1975.png 27 July 1960 16 October 1964 Conservative D-Home
D-Home Butler
Arthur Bottomley No image.svg 18 October 1964 1 August 1966 Labour Wilson Walker