List of ministers under Margaret Thatcher

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This is a list of ministers who served under Margaret Thatcher. Thatcher was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 4 May 1979 to 28 November 1990, during which time she led a Conservative government. She was the first woman to hold that office. During her premiership, Thatcher retained the Falkland Islands, moved to liberalise the British economy through deregulation, privatisation, introducing the Right to Buy, through lower taxation and the promotion of entrepreneurialism.

Ministers[edit]

Thatcher continuously served as Prime Minister, First Lord of the Treasury and Minister for the Civil Service for 11 years and 209 days. Those she included in her Cabinet are in bold face.

Office Name Dates
Minister of State, Civil Service Department Paul Channon 7 May 1979 – 5 January 1981
Barney Hayhoe 5 January 1981 – 12 November 1981
Lord Chancellor The Lord Hailsham of St Marylebone 5 May 1979
The Lord Havers 13 June 1987
The Lord Mackay of Clashfern 26 October 1987
Lord President of the Council The Lord Soames 5 May 1979
Francis Pym 14 September 1981
John Biffen 5 April 1982
The Viscount Whitelaw 11 June 1983
John Wakeham 10 January 1988
Sir Geoffrey Howe 24 July 1989
John MacGregor 2 November 1990
Minister of State for the Privy Council Office The Earl of Gowrie 11 June 1983 – 11 September 1984
Richard Luce 2 September 1985 – 24 July 1990
David Mellor 24 July 1990 – 28 November 1990
Lord Privy Seal Sir Ian Gilmour 5 May 1979
Humphrey Atkins 14 September 1981
The Baroness Young 6 April 1982
John Biffen 11 June 1983
John Wakeham 13 June 1987
The Lord Belstead 10 January 1988
Chancellor of the Exchequer Sir Geoffrey Howe 5 May 1979
Nigel Lawson 11 June 1983
John Major 26 October 1989
Chief Secretary to the Treasury John Biffen 5 May 1979
Leon Brittan 5 January 1981
Peter Rees 11 June 1983
John MacGregor 2 September 1985
John Major 13 June 1987
Norman Lamont 24 July 1989
Minister of State, Treasury Peter Rees 6 May 1979 – 14 September 1981
Francis Cockfield 6 May 1979 – 6 April 1982
Jock Bruce-Gardyne 15 September 1981 – 11 November 1981
Barney Hayhoe 11 November 1981 – 2 September 1985
John Wakeham 6 April 1982 – 13 June 1983
Ian Gow 2 September 1985 – 19 November 1985
Peter Brooke 19 November 1985 – 13 June 1987
Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury Michael Jopling 5 May 1979 
John Wakeham 11 June 1983
David Waddington 13 June 1987
Timothy Renton 28 October 1989 
Financial Secretary to the Treasury Nigel Lawson 6 May 1979
Nicholas Ridley 30 September 1981
John Moore 18 October 1983
Norman Lamont 21 May 1986
Peter Lilley 24 July 1989
Francis Maude 14 July 1990
Lords of the Treasury John MacGregor 7 May 1979 – 5 January 1981
Peter Morrison 7 May 1979 – 5 January 1981
The Lord James Douglas-Hamilton 7 May 1979 – 1 October 1981
Carol Mather 7 May 1979 – 1 October 1981
David Waddington 16 May 1979 – 5 January 1981
John Wakeham 9 January 1981 – 15 September 1981
The Hon. Robert Boscawen 9 January 1981 – 17 February 1983
John Cope 9 January 1981 – 13 June 1983
Tony Newton 1 October 1981 – 5 March 1982
John Gummer 1 October 1981 – 6 January 1983
Peter Brooke 1 October 1981 – 13 June 1983
Alastair Goodlad 16 February 1982 – 10 September 1984
Donald Thompson 14 January 1983 – 10 September 1986
David Hunt 23 February 1983 – 10 September 1984
Ian Lang 11 June 1983 – 1 February 1986
Tristan Garel-Jones 11 June 1983 – 16 October 1986
John Major 3 October 1984 – 1 November 1985
The Hon. Archie Hamilton 3 October 1984 – 10 September 1986
Tim Sainsbury 7 October 1985 – 23 June 1987
Michael Neubert 10 February 1986 – 26 July 1988
Peter Lloyd 16 October 1986 – 24 July 1988
The Hon. Mark Lennox-Boyd 16 October 1986 – 25 July 1988
Tony Durant 16 October 1986 – 19 December 1988
David Lightbown 26 July 1987 – 24 July 1990
Alan Howarth 27 July 1988 – 24 July 1989
David Maclean 27 July 1988 – 24 July 1989
Kenneth Carlisle 27 July 1988 – 22 July 1990
Stephen Dorrell 20 December 1988 – 3 May 1990
David Heathcoat-Amory 26 July 1989 – 28 October 1989
John Taylor 26 July 1989 – 29 November 1990
The Hon. Tom Sackville 30 October 1989 – 28 November 1990
Michael Fallon 10 May 1990 – 22 July 1990
Sydney Chapman 25 July 1990 – 28 November 1990
Greg Knight 25 July 1990 – 28 November 1990
Irvine Patnick 25 July 1990 – 28 November 1990
Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs The Lord Carrington 5 May 1979
Francis Pym 5 April 1982
Sir Geoffrey Howe 11 June 1983
John Major 14 June 1989
Douglas Hurd 26 October 1989
Minister of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Peter Blaker 5 May 1979 – 29 May 1981
Nicholas Ridley 6 May 1979 – 29 September 1981
Douglas Hurd 6 May 1979 – 11 June 1983
Richard Luce 30 September 1981 – 5 April 1982
Cranley Onslow 5 April 1982 – 13 June 1983
The Lord Belstead 5 April 1982 – 13 June 1983
Timothy Raison 6 January 1983 – 10 September 1986[a]
Richard Luce 11 June 1983 – 2 September 1985
Malcolm Rifkind 13 June 1983 – 11 January 1986
The Baroness Young 13 June 1983 – 13 June 1987
Tim Renton 2 September 1985 – 13 June 1987
Lynda Chalker 11 January 1986 – 28 November 1990[b]
Chris Patten 10 September 1986 – 24 July 1989[c]
David Mellor 13 June 1987 – 26 July 1988
The Lord Glenarthur 13 June 1987 – 24 July 1989
The Hon. William Waldegrave 26 July 1988 – 2 November 1990
Francis Maude 24 July 1989 – 14 July 1990
The Lord Brabazon of Tara 24 July 1989 – 24 July 1990
The Earl of Caithness 14 July 1990 – 28 November 1990
Tristan Garel-Jones 14 July 1990 – 28 November 1990
The Hon. Douglas Hogg 2 November 1990 – 28 November 1990
Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Richard Luce 6 May 1979
The Lord Trefgarne 14 September 1981
Malcolm Rifkind 6 April 1982
Ray Whitney 13 June 1983
Tim Renton 11 September 1984
Timothy Eggar 2 September 1985
Tim Sainsbury 24 July 1989
The Hon. Mark Lennox-Boyd 24 July 1990
Minister for Overseas Development Timothy Raison 6 January 1983
Chris Patten 10 September 1986[d]
Lynda Chalker 24 July 1989[e]
Secretary of State for the Home Department William Whitelaw 5 May 1979
Leon Brittan 11 June 1983
Douglas Hurd 2 September 1985
David Waddington 26 October 1989
Minister of State for Home Affairs Leon Brittan 6 May 1979 – 5 January 1981
Timothy Raison 6 May 1979 – 6 January 1983
Patrick Mayhew 5 January 1981 – 13 June 1983
David Waddington 6 January 1983 – 13 June 1987
The Lord Elton 11 September 1984 – 25 March 1985
Giles Shaw 11 September 1984 – 10 September 1986
David Mellor 10 September 1986 – 13 June 1987
The Earl of Caithness 10 September 1986 – 10 January 1988
John Patten 13 June 1987 – 28 November 1990
The Earl Ferrers 10 January 1988 – 28 November 1990
David Mellor 27 October 1989 – 22 June 1990
Angela Rumbold 23 July 1990 – 28 November 1990
Under-Secretary of State for Home Affairs The Lord Belstead 7 May 1979 – 6 April 1982
The Lord Elton 6 April 1982 – 11 September 1984
David Mellor 6 January 1983 – 10 September 1986
The Lord Glenarthur 27 March 1984 – 10 September 1986
The Hon. Douglas Hogg 10 September 1986 – 26 July 1989
Peter Lloyd 25 July 1989 – 28 November 1990
Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food Peter Walker 5 May 1979
Michael Jopling 11 June 1983
John MacGregor 13 June 1987
John Gummer 24 July 1989
Minister of State for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food The Earl Ferrers 7 May 1979 – 13 June 1983
Alick Buchanan-Smith 7 May 1979 – 13 June 1983
John MacGregor 13 June 1983 – 2 September 1985
The Lord Belstead 13 June 1983 – 13 June 1987
John Gummer 2 September 1985 – 26 July 1988
The Baroness Trumpington 28 September 1989 – 14 April 1992
Under-Secretary of State for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food Jerry Wiggin 7 May 1979 – 29 September 1981
Peggy Fenner 14 September 1981 – 10 September 1986
Donald Thompson 10 September 1986 – 25 September 1987
The Baroness Trumpington 13 June 1987 – 28 September 1989
Richard Ryder 25 July 1988 – 14 July 1989
David Curry 26 July 1989 – 28 November 1990
David Maclean 26 July 1989 – 28 November 1990
Minister for the Arts Norman St John-Stevas 5 May 1979
Paul Channon 5 January 1981
The Earl of Gowrie 13 June 1983
Richard Luce 2 September 1985
David Mellor 26 July 1990
Secretary of State for Defence Francis Pym 5 May 1979
John Nott 5 January 1981
Michael Heseltine 8 January 1983
The Hon. George Younger 9 January 1986
Tom King 24 July 1989
Minister of State for Defence The Lord Strathcona 6 May 1979 – 5 January 1981
The Viscount Trenchard 5 January 1981 – 29 May 1981[f]
Minister of State for the Armed Forces Peter Blaker 29 May 1981
John Stanley 13 June 1983
Ian Stewart 13 June 1987
The Hon. Archie Hamilton 25 July 1988
Minister of State for Defence Procurement The Viscount Trenchard 29 May 1981
Geoffrey Pattie 6 January 1983
Adam Butler 11 September 1984
Norman Lamont 2 September 1985
The Lord Trefgarne 21 May 1986
Alan Clark 24 July 1989
Minister of State for Defence Support The Lord Trefgarne 2 September 1985 – 21 May 1986
Under-Secretary of State for the Army Barney Hayhoe 6 May 1979 – 5 January 1981
Philip Goodhart 5 January 1981 – 19 May 1981[g]
Under-Secretary of State for the Navy Keith Speed 6 May 1979 – 18 May 1981[h]
Under-Secretary of State for the Air Force Geoffrey Pattie 6 May 1979 – 29 May 1981[i]
Under-Secretary of State for the Armed Forces Philip Goodhart 29 May 1981 – 30 September 1981
Jerry Wiggin 15 September 1981 – 11 June 1983
The Lord Trefgarne 13 June 1983 – 1 September 1985
Roger Freeman 21 May 1986 – 15 December 1988
Michael Neubert 19 December 1988 – 23 July 1990
Under-Secretary of State for Defence Procurement Geoffrey Pattie 29 May 1981 – 6 January 1983
Ian Stewart 6 January 1983 – 18 October 1983
John Lee 18 October 1983 – 10 September 1986
The Hon. Archie Hamilton 10 September 1986 – 13 June 1987
Tim Sainsbury 13 June 1987 – 25 July 1989
The Earl of Arran 25 July 1989 – 26 July 1990
Kenneth Carlisle 26 July 1990 – 28 November 1990
Secretary of State for Education and Science Mark Carlisle 5 May 1979
Sir Keith Joseph 14 September 1981
Kenneth Baker 21 May 1986
John MacGregor 24 July 1989
Kenneth Clarke 2 November 1990
Minister of State, Education and Science The Baroness Young 7 May 1979 – 14 September 1981
Paul Channon 5 January 1981 – 13 June 1983
Chris Patten 5 September 1985 – 10 September 1986
Angela Rumbold 10 September 1986 – 24 July 1990
Tim Eggar 24 July 1990 – 28 November 1990
Under-Secretary of State, Education and Science Rhodes Boyson 7 May 1979 – 13 June 1983
Neil Macfarlane 7 May 1979 – 15 September 1981
William Shelton 15 September 1981 – 13 June 1983
The Hon. William Waldegrave 15 September 1981 – 13 June 1983
Peter Brooke 13 June 1983 – 19 November 1985
Bob Dunn 13 June 1983 – 26 July 1988
George Walden 19 November 1985 – 13 June 1987
The Baroness Hooper 13 June 1987 – 26 July 1988
Robert Jackson 13 June 1987 – 24 July 1990
John Butcher 26 July 1988 – 24 July 1989
Alan Howarth 24 July 1989 – 28 November 1990
Michael Fallon 24 July 1990 – 28 November 1990
Secretary of State for Employment James Prior 5 May 1979
Norman Tebbit 14 September 1981
Tom King 16 October 1983
The Lord Young of Graffham 2 September 1985
Norman Fowler 13 June 1987
Michael Howard 3 January 1990
Minister of State, Employment The Earl of Gowrie 7 May 1979 – 15 September 1981
Michael Alison 15 September 1981 – 13 June 1983
Peter Morrison 13 June 1983 – 2 September 1985
John Gummer 18 October 1985 – 11 September 1984
Kenneth Clarke 2 September 1985 – 13 June 1987[j]
John Cope 13 June 1987 – 25 July 1989
Tim Eggar 25 July 1989 – 23 July 1990
Under-Secretary of State, Employment Jim Lester 7 May 1979 – 5 January 1981
Patrick Mayhew 7 May 1979 – 5 January 1981
David Waddington 5 January 1981 – 6 January 1983
Peter Morrison 5 January 1981 – 13 June 1983
John Gummer 6 January 1983 – 18 October 1983
Alan Clark 13 June 1983 – 24 January 1986
Peter Bottomley 11 September 1984 – 23 January 1986
David Trippier 2 September 1985 – 13 June 1987 
Ian Lang 31 January 1986 – 10 September 1986
John Lee 10 September 1986 – 26 July 1989
Patrick Nicholls 13 June 1987 – 28 July 1989
The Lord Strathclyde 26 July 1989 – 24 July 1990
Robert Jackson 24 July 1990 – 28 November 1990
Eric Forth 24 July 1990 – 14 April 1992
The Viscount Ullswater 24 July 1990 – 16 September 1993
Secretary of State for Energy David Howell 5 May 1979
Nigel Lawson 14 September 1981
Peter Walker 11 June 1983
Cecil Parkinson 13 June 1987
John Wakeham 24 July 1989
Minister of State, Energy Hamish Gray 7 May 1979 – 13 June 1983
Alick Buchanan-Smith 13 June 1983 – 13 June 1987
Peter Morrison 13 June 1987 – 26 July 1990
Under-Secretary of State, Energy Norman Lamont 7 May 1979 – 5 September 1981
John Moore 7 May 1979 – 13 June 1983
David Mellor 15 September 1981 – 6 January 1983
The Earl of Avon 6 January 1983 – 11 September 1984
Giles Shaw 13 June 1983 – 11 September 1984
David Hunt 11 September 1984 – 13 June 1987
Alastair Goodlad 11 September 1984 – 13 June 1987
Michael Spicer 13 June 1987 – 3 January 1990
The Baroness Hooper 26 July 1988 – 28 July 1989
Tony Baldry 3 January 1990 – 28 November 1990
The Hon. Colin Moynihan 24 July 1990 – 28 November 1990
Secretary of State for the Environment Michael Heseltine 5 May 1979
Tom King 6 January 1983
Patrick Jenkin 11 June 1983
Kenneth Baker 23 September 1985
Nicholas Ridley 21 May 1986
Chris Patten 24 July 1989
Minister of State, Local Government Tom King 6 May 1979
The Lord Bellwin 6 January 1983
Kenneth Baker 11 September 1984
The Hon. William Waldegrave 2 September 1985
Rhodes Boyson 10 September 1986
Michael Howard 13 June 1987
John Gummer 25 July 1988
David Hunt 25 July 1989
Michael Portillo 4 May 1990
Minister of State for Housing John Stanley 7 May 1979
Ian Gow 13 June 1983
John Patten 2 September 1985
The Hon. William Waldegrave 13 June 1987
The Earl of Caithness 25 July 1988
Michael Howard 25 July 1989
Michael Spicer 3 January 1990
Minister of State, Environment The Lord Elton 27 March 1985 – 10 September 1986
The Hon. William Waldegrave 10 September 1986 – 13 June 1987
The Lord Belstead 13 June 1987 – 10 January 1988
The Earl of Caithness 10 January 1988 – 25 July 1988
Michael Howard 25 July 1988 – 24 July 1989
David Trippier 24 July 1989 – 28 November 1990
Under-Secretary of State for Sport Hector Monro 7 May 1979 – 30 September 1981
Neil Macfarlane 15 September 1981 – 2 September 1985
Richard Tracey 7 September 1985 – 13 June 1987
The Hon. Colin Moynihan 22 June 1987 – 26 July 1990
Robert Atkins 26 July 1990 – 28 November 1990[k]
Under-Secretary of State, Environment Marcus Fox 7 May 1979 – 5 January 1981
Geoffrey Finsberg 7 May 1979 – 15 September 1981
The Lord Bellwin 7 May 1979 – 6 January 1983
Giles Shaw 5 January 1981 – 13 June 1983
Sir George Young, Bt 15 September 1981 – 10 September 1986
The Hon. William Waldegrave 13 June 1983 – 2 September 1985
The Earl of Avon 11 September 1984 – 27 March 1985
Angela Rumbold 2 September 1985 – 10 September 1986
The Lord Skelmersdale 10 September 1986 – 13 June 1987
Christopher Chope 10 September 1986 – 22 July 1990
Marion Roe 13 June 1987 – 26 July 1988
David Trippier 13 June 1987 – 23 July 1989
Virginia Bottomley 25 July 1988 – 28 October 1989
The Lord Hesketh 31 January 1989 – 2 November 1990
David Heathcoat-Amory 28 October 1989 – 28 November 1990
Patrick Nicholls 26 July 1990 – 12 October 1990
The Lord Strathclyde 26 July 1990 – 7 September 1990
The Baroness Blatch 7 September 1990 – 28 November 1990
Robert Key 12 October 1990 – 28 November 1990
Secretary of State for Health and Social Security Patrick Jenkin 5 May 1979
Norman Fowler 14 September 1981
John Moore 13 June 1987[l]
Secretary of State for Health Kenneth Clarke 25 July 1988
The Hon. William Waldegrave 2 November 1990
Minister of State, Health Gerard Vaughan 7 May 1979
Kenneth Clarke 5 March 1982
Barney Hayhoe 2 September 1985
Tony Newton 10 September 1986
David Mellor 25 July 1988[m]
The Lord Trafford 29 July 1989
Virginia Bottomley 28 October 1989
Under-Secretary of State, Health and Social Security Sir George Young, Bt 7 May 1979 – 15 September 1981
Lynda Chalker 7 May 1979 – 5 March 1982
Geoffrey Finsberg 15 September 1981 – 14 June 1983
The Lord Elton 15 September 1981 – 6 April 1982
Tony Newton 5 March 1982 – 11 September 1984
The Lord Trefgarne 6 April 1982 – 14 June 1983
John Patten 14 June 1983 – 2 September 1985
The Lord Glenarthur 14 June 1983 – 26 March 1985
Ray Whitney 11 September 1984 – 10 September 1986
The Baroness Trumpington 30 March 1985 – 13 June 1987
John Major 2 September 1985 – 10 September 1986
Nicholas Lyell 10 September 1986 – 13 June 1987
Edwina Currie 10 September 1986 – 25 July 1988
Michael Portillo 13 June 1987 – 25 July 1988
The Lord Skelmersdale 13 June 1987 – 25 July 1988
Under-Secretary of State, Health Edwina Currie 25 July 1988 – 16 December 1988
Roger Freeman 16 December 1988 – 4 May 1990
The Baroness Hooper 29 September 1989 – 28 November 1990
Stephen Dorrell 4 May 1990 – 28 November 1990
Secretary of State for Social Security John Moore 25 July 1988
Tony Newton 23 July 1989
Minister of State, Social Security Reginald Prentice 7 May 1979 – 5 January 1981
Hugh Rossi 5 January 1981 – 12 June 1983
Rhodes Boyson 12 June 1983 – 11 September 1984
Tony Newton 11 September 1984 – 10 September 1986
John Major 10 September 1986 – 13 June 1987
Nicholas Scott 13 June 1987[n] – 28 November 1990
Under-Secretary of State, Social Security The Lord Skelmersdale 25 July 1988 – 26 July 1989
Peter Lloyd 25 July 1988 – 28 July 1989
The Lord Henley 25 July 1989 – 16 September 1993
Gillian Shephard 25 July 1989 – 28 November 1990
Secretary of State for Industry Sir Keith Joseph, Bt 7 May 1979
Patrick Jenkin 14 September 1981[o]
Minister of State, Industry Adam Butler 6 May 1979 – 5 January 1981
The Viscount Trenchard 6 May 1979 – 5 January 1981
Norman Tebbit 5 January 1981 – 14 September 1981
Norman Lamont 14 September 1981 – 12 June 1983
Minister of State, Industry and Information Technology Kenneth Baker 5 January 1981[p]
Geoffrey Pattie 11 September 1984[q]
Under-Secretary of State, Industry David Mitchell 6 May 1979 – 5 January 1981
Michael Marshall 6 May 1979 – 15 September 1981
John MacGregor 5 January 1981 – 12 June 1983
John Wakeham 15 September 1981 – 6 April 1982
John Butcher 6 April 1982 – 12 June 1983
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Norman St John-Stevas 5 May 1979
Francis Pym 5 January 1981
The Baroness Young 14 September 1981
Cecil Parkinson 6 April 1982
The Lord Cockfield 11 June 1983
The Earl of Gowrie 11 September 1984
Norman Tebbit 3 September 1985
Kenneth Clarke 13 June 1987
Tony Newton 25 July 1988
Kenneth Baker 24 July 1989
Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Humphrey Atkins 5 May 1979
James Prior 14 September 1981
Douglas Hurd 11 September 1984
Tom King 3 September 1985
Peter Brooke 24 July 1989
Minister of State, Northern Ireland Michael Alison 7 May 1979 – 15 September 1981
Hugh Rossi 7 May 1979 – 5 January 1981
Adam Butler 5 January 1981 – 11 September 1984
The Earl of Gowrie 15 September 1981 – 10 June 1983
The Earl of Mansfield 13 June 1983 – 12 April 1984
Rhodes Boyson 11 September 1984 – 10 September 1986
Nicholas Scott 10 September 1986 – 13 June 1987
John Stanley 13 June 1987 – 25 July 1988
Ian Stewart 25 July 1988 – 25 July 1989
John Cope 25 July 1989 – 28 November 1990
Under-Secretary of State, Northern Ireland The Lord Elton 7 May 1979 – 15 September 1981
Philip Goodhart 7 May 1979 – 5 January 1981
Giles Shaw 7 May 1979 – 5 January 1981
David Mitchell 5 January 1981 – 13 June 1983
John Patten 5 January 1981 – 13 June 1983
Nicholas Scott 15 September 1981 – 11 September 1986
Chris Patten 14 June 1983 – 2 September 1985
The Lord Lyell 12 April 1984 – 25 July 1989
The Earl of Kilmorey 3 September 1985 – 28 November 1990
Peter Viggers 10 September 1986 – 26 July 1989
Brian Mawhinney 10 September 1986 – 28 November 1990
Peter Bottomley 4 July 1989 – 28 July 1990
The Lord Skelmersdale 24 July 1989 – 28 November 1990
Paymaster-General Angus Maude 5 May 1979
Francis Pym 5 January 1981
Cecil Parkinson 14 September 1981
vacant 11 June 1983
John Gummer 11 September 1984
Kenneth Clarke 2 September 1985[r]
Peter Brooke 13 June 1987
The Earl of Caithness 24 July 1989
Richard Ryder 14 July 1990
Minister without Portfolio The Lord Young of Graffham 11 September 1984 – 3 September 1985
Secretary of State for Scotland The Hon. George Younger 5 May 1979
Malcolm Rifkind 11 January 1986
Ian Lang 28 November 1990
Michael Forsyth 5 July 1995
Minister of State for Scotland The Earl of Mansfield 7 May 1979 – 13 June 1983
The Lord Gray of Contin 13 June 1983 – 11 September 1986
The Lord Glenarthur 10 September 1986 – 13 June 1987
Ian Lang 13 June 1987 – 28 November 1990
The Lord Sanderson of Bowden 13 June 1987 – 7 September 1990
Michael Forsyth 7 September 1990 – 28 November 1990
Under-Secretary of State for Scotland Alexander Fletcher 7 May 1979 – 14 June 1983
Russell Fairgrieve 7 May 1979 – 15 September 1981
Malcolm Rifkind 7 May 1979 – 6 April 1982
Allan Stewart 15 September 1981 – 10 September 1986
John MacKay 6 April 1982 – 14 June 1987
The Marquess of Lothian 13 June 1983 – 14 June 1987
Ian Lang 10 September 1986 – 13 June 1987
The Lord James Douglas-Hamilton 13 June 1987 – 28 November 1990
Michael Forsyth 13 June 1987 – 7 September 1990
The Lord Strathclyde 7 September 1990 – 28 November 1990
Secretary of State for Trade John Nott 5 May 1979
John Biffen 5 January 1981
The Lord Cockfield 6 April 1982[s]
Minister for Consumer Affairs Sally Oppenheim-Barnes 5 May 1979
Gerald Vaughan 5 March 1982
vacant 13 June 1983[t]
Minister for Trade Cecil Parkinson 7 May 1979
Peter Rees 14 September 1981
Paul Channon 13 June 1983[u]
Alan Clark 24 January 1986
The Lord Trefgarne 25 July 1989
Tim Sainsbury 23 July 1990
Under-Secretary of State for Trade Norman Tebbit 5 May 1979 – 5 January 1981
Reginald Eyre 7 May 1979 – 5 March 1982
The Lord Trefgarne 5 January 1981 – 15 September 1981
Iain Sproat 15 September 1981 – 12 June 1983
Secretary of State for Trade and Industry Cecil Parkinson 12 June 1983
Norman Tebbit 16 October 1983
Leon Brittan 2 September 1985
Paul Channon 24 January 1986
The Lord Young of Graffham 13 June 1987
Nicholas Ridley 24 July 1989
Peter Lilley 14 July 1990
Minister for Industry The Hon. Douglas Hogg 24 July 1989
The Lord Hesketh 2 November 1990
Minister for Corporate Affairs John Redwood 2 November 1990
Minister of State for Trade and Industry Norman Lamont 13 June 1983 – 2 September 1985
Peter Morrison 2 September 1985 – 10 September 1986
Giles Shaw 10 September 1986 – 13 June 1987
Under-Secretary of State for Trade and Industry John Butcher 14 June 1983 – 26 July 1988
Alexander Fletcher 14 June 1983 – 2 September 1985
David Trippier 14 June 1983 – 2 September 1985
The Lord Lucas of Chilworth 11 September 1984 – 13 June 1987
Michael Howard 2 September 1985 – 13 June 1987
Robert Atkins 13 June 1987 – 26 July 1989
Francis Maude 13 June 1987 – 26 July 1989
Eric Forth 26 July 1988 – 24 July 1990
John Redwood 26 July 1989 – 2 November 1990
Edward Leigh 2 November 1990 – 28 November 1990
Minister of Transport Norman Fowler 11 May 1979 – 5 January 1981[v]
Secretary of State for Transport Norman Fowler 5 January 1981
David Howell 14 September 1981
Tom King 11 June 1983
Nicholas Ridley 16 October 1983
John Moore 21 May 1986
Paul Channon 13 June 1987
Cecil Parkinson 24 July 1989
Minister of State, Transport Lynda Chalker 18 October 1983 – 10 January 1986
David Mitchell 23 January 1986 – 25 July 1988
Michael Portillo 25 July 1988 – 4 May 1990
Roger Freeman 4 May 1990 – 28 November 1990
The Lord Brabazon of Tara 23 July 1990 – 28 November 1990
Parliamentary Secretary for Transport Kenneth Clarke 7 May 1979 – 5 January 1981[w]
Under-Secretary of State for Transport Kenneth Clarke 5 January 1981 – 5 March 1982
Lynda Chalker 5 March 1982 – 18 October 1983
Reginald Eyre 5 March 1982 – 11 June 1983
David Mitchell 11 June 1983 – 23 January 1986
Michael Spicer 11 September 1984 – 13 June 1987
The Earl of Caithness 2 September 1985 – 10 September 1986
Peter Bottomley 23 January 1986 – 24 July 1989
The Lord Brabazon of Tara 10 September 1986 – 23 July 1989
Robert Atkins 25 July 1989 – 22 July 1990
Patrick McLoughlin 25 July 1989 – 28 November 1990
Christopher Chope 23 July 1990 – 28 November 1990
Secretary of State for Wales Nicholas Edwards 5 May 1979
Peter Walker 13 June 1987
David Hunt 4 May 1990
Minister of State for Wales John Stradling Thomas 17 February 1983 – 2 September 1985
Wyn Roberts 15 June 1987 – 28 November 1990
Under-Secretary of State for Wales Michael Roberts 7 May 1979 – 6 January 1983
Wyn Roberts 7 May 1979 – 13 June 1987
Mark Robinson 3 October 1985 – 15 June 1987
Ian Grist 15 June 1987 – 28 November 1990
Attorney General Michael Havers 5 May 1979
Sir Patrick Mayhew 11 June 1987
Solicitor General Sir Ian Percival 5 May 1979
Sir Patrick Mayhew 13 June 1983
Sir Nicholas Lyell 13 June 1987
Lord Advocate The Lord Mackay of Clashfern 5 May 1979
The Lord Cameron of Lochbroom 16 May 1984
The Lord Fraser of Carmyllie 4 January 1989
Solicitor General for Scotland Nicholas Fairbairn 7 May 1979
Peter Fraser 28 January 1982
Alan Rodger[x] 14 January 1989
Treasurer of the Household John Stradling Thomas 6 May 1979
Anthony Berry 17 February 1983
John Cope 11 June 1983
David Hunt 15 June 1987
Tristan Garel-Jones 25 July 1989
Alastair Goodlad 22 July 1990
Comptroller of the Household Spencer Le Marchant 7 May 1979
Anthony Berry 30 September 1981
Carol Mather 17 February 1983
The Hon. Robert Boscawen 16 October 1986
Tristan Garel-Jones 26 July 1988
Alastair Goodlad 25 July 1989
Sir George Young, Bt 23 July 1990
Vice-Chamberlain of the Household Anthony Berry 7 May 1979
Carol Mather 30 September 1981
The Hon. Robert Boscawen 17 February 1983
Tristan Garel-Jones 16 October 1986
Michael Neubert 26 July 1988
Tony Durant 20 December 1988
David Lightbown 25 July 1990
Captain of the Gentlemen-at-Arms The Lord Denham 6 May 1979
Captain of the Yeomen of the Guard The Lord Sandys 6 May 1979
The Earl of Swinton 20 October 1982
The Viscount Davidson 10 September 1986
Lords-in-Waiting The Viscount Long 9 May 1979 – 2 May 1997
The Lord Mowbray and Stourton 9 May 1979 – 22 September 1980
The Lord Lyell 9 May 1979 – 12 April 1984
The Lord Cullen of Ashbourne 9 May 1979 – 27 May 1982
The Lord Trefgarne 9 May 1979 – 5 January 1981
The Earl of Avon 22 September 1980 – 6 January 1983
The Lord Skelmersdale 9 January 1981 – 10 September 1986
The Lord Glenarthur 27 May 1982 – 10 June 1983
The Lord Lucas of Chilworth 6 January 1983 – 9 September 1984
The Baroness Trumpington 11 June 1983 – 25 March 1985
The Earl of Caithness 8 May 1984 – 2 September 1985
The Lord Brabazon of Tara 19 September 1984 – 10 September 1986
The Baroness Cox 3 April 1985 – 2 August 1985
The Viscount Davidson 17 September 1985 – 10 September 1986
The Baroness Hooper 17 September 1985 – 14 June 1987
The Lord Hesketh 10 September 1986 – 31 January 1987
The Lord Beaverbrook 10 September 1986 – 28 July 1988
The Earl of Dundee 3 October 1986 – 26 July 1989
The Earl of Arran 18 June 1987 – 24 July 1989
The Lord Strathclyde 12 August 1988 – 24 July 1989
The Lord Henley 13 February 1989 – 24 July 1989
The Viscount Ullswater 26 July 1989 – 22 July 1990
The Lord Reay 2 August 1989 – 28 November 1990
The Earl of Strathmore 2 August 1989 – 28 November 1990
The Baroness Blatch 15 January 1990 – 7 September 1990
The Lord Cavendish of Furness 14 September 1990 – 28 November 1990
The Viscount Astor 11 October 1990 – 28 November 1990

Cabinets[edit]

May 1979 to September 1981[edit]

Changes[edit]

  • January 1981 – Francis Pym succeeds Norman St John-Stevas as Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster. Pym succeeds Angus Maude as Paymaster-General. John Nott succeeds Pym as Secretary of State for Defence. John Biffen succeeds Nott as Secretary of State for Trade and President of the Board of Trade. Leon Brittan succeeds John Biffen as Chief Secretary to the Treasury. St John-Stevas resigns as Minister for the Arts. His successor is not in the cabinet. The post of Secretary of State for Transport is brought into the cabinet and Norman Fowler is given the post.

September 1981 to June 1983[edit]

In September 1981, a substantial reshuffle took place.

Changes[edit]

  • April 1982 – Francis Pym succeeds Lord Carrington as Foreign Secretary. John Biffen succeeds Pym as Lord President of the Council. Baroness Young succeeds Humphrey Atkins as Lord Privy Seal. Cecil Parkinson succeeds Baroness Young as Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster. Lord Cockfield succeeds John Biffen as Secretary of State for Trade.
  • January 1983 – Michael Heseltine succeeds John Nott as Secretary of State for Defence. Tom King succeeds Heseltine as Secretary of State for the Environment.

June 1983 to June 1987[edit]

Changes[edit]

  • October 1983 – Tom King succeeds Norman Tebbit as Secretary of State for Employment. Norman Tebbit succeeds Cecil Parkinson as Secretary of State for Trade and Industry. Nicholas Ridley succeeds Tom King as Secretary of State for Transport.
  • September 1984 – Lord Gowrie succeeds Lord Cockfield as Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster. Douglas Hurd succeeds James Prior as Secretary of State for Northern Ireland. Lord Young of Graffham enters the cabinet as Minister without Portfolio.
  • September 1985 – Lord Young of Graffham succeeds Tom King as Secretary of State for Employment. Kenneth Baker succeeds Patrick Jenkin as Secretary of State for the Environment. Norman Tebbit succeeds Lord Gowrie as Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster. Tom King succeeds Douglas Hurd as Secretary of State for Northern Ireland. Kenneth Clarke enters the cabinet as Paymaster-General. Leon Brittan succeeds Norman Tebbit as Secretary of State for Trade and Industry. John MacGregor succeeds Peter Rees as Chief Secretary to the Treasury. Douglas Hurd succeeds Leon Brittan as Home Secretary.
  • Early January 1986 – Malcolm Rifkind succeeds George Younger as Secretary of State for Scotland. Younger succeeds Michael Heseltine as Secretary of State for Defence.
  • Late January 1986 – Paul Channon succeeds Leon Brittan as Secretary of State for Trade and Industry.
  • May 1986 – Nicholas Ridley succeeds Kenneth Baker as Secretary of State for the Environment. John Moore succeeds Nicholas Ridley as Secretary of State for Transport. Kenneth Baker succeeds Keith Joseph as Secretary of State for Education and Science.

June 1987 to July 1989[edit]

Changes[edit]

  • October 1987 – Lord Mackay of Clashfern succeeds Lord Havers as Lord Chancellor.
  • January 1988 – Lord Whitelaw retires and is succeeded by John Wakeham as Lord President; no new deputy is appointed until July 1989. Lord Belstead succeeds Wakeham as Lord Privy Seal.
  • July 1988 – Department of Health and Social Security broken up into component parts. John Moore continues on as Secretary of State for Social Security. Kenneth Clarke becomes Secretary of State for Health. Tony Newton succeeds Clarke as Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster.

July 1989 to November 1990[edit]

Changes[edit]

  • October 1989 – John Major succeeds Nigel Lawson as Chancellor of the Exchequer. Douglas Hurd succeeds John Major as Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs. David Waddington succeeds Douglas Hurd as Secretary of State for the Home Department. Tim Renton succeeds David Waddington as Chief Whip.
  • January 1990 – Norman Fowler resigns as Secretary of State for Employment, and is succeeded by Michael Howard.
  • May 1990 – Peter Walker finally resigns as Secretary of State for Wales, having announced his intention in March. David Hunt succeeds him.
  • July 1990 – Nicholas Ridley resigns as Secretary of State for Trade & Industry. Peter Lilley succeeds him.
  • November 1990 – At the start of the month, Geoffrey Howe resigns and the title of Deputy Prime Minister was not reallocated. John MacGregor succeeds him as Lord President of the Council and is in turn succeeded by Kenneth Clarke as Secretary of State for Education and Science, who is succeeded by William Waldegrave as Secretary of State for Health.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Raison was also Minister of Overseas Development.
  2. ^ Chalker was also Minister of Overseas Development from 24 July 1989.
  3. ^ Patten was also Minister of Overseas Development.
  4. ^ Patten was also Minister of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs.
  5. ^ Chalker was also Minister of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs.
  6. ^ Office abolished on 29 May 1981. Trenchard was appointed Minister of State for Defence Procurement.
  7. ^ Office abolished on 29 May 1981. Goodhart was appointed Under-Secretary of State for the Armed Forces.
  8. ^ Office abolished on 29 May 1981.
  9. ^ Office abolished on 29 May 1981. Pattie appointed Under-Secretary of State for Defence Procurement.
  10. ^ Clarke was also Paymaster-General.
  11. ^ Was attached to the Office of Education thereafter.
  12. ^ Role reorganised into the Office of Health and Office of Social Security on 25 July 1988.
  13. ^ Mellor served under a separate Office of Health.
  14. ^ Scott served under a separate Office of Social Security from 25 July 1988.
  15. ^ Role merged with the Office of Trade on 12 June 1983.
  16. ^ Baker served under the Office of Trade and Industry from 12 June 1983.
  17. ^ Office abolished on 13 June 1987.
  18. ^ Clarke was also Minister of State, Employment.
  19. ^ Role merged with the Office of Industry on 12 June 1983.
  20. ^ Role assigned under the Office of Trade and Industry.
  21. ^ Channon served under the Office of Trade and Industry.
  22. ^ Fowler then became Secretary of State for Transport.
  23. ^ Clarke then became Under-Secretary of State for Transport.
  24. ^ Rodger was not a Member of the House of Commons.

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