Secretary for Security

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Hong Kong
Special Administrative Region

Secretary for Security
保安局局長
Hong Kong SAR Regional Emblem.svg
Incumbent
John Lee

since 1 July 2017
Security Bureau
Style The Honourable
Appointer Central People's Government
nomination by Chief Executive
Inaugural holder Peter Lai
Formation 1 July 2007
Website SB
Secretary for Security
Traditional Chinese 保安局局長

The Secretary for Security (Chinese: 保安局局長) is the member of the Hong Kong Government in charge of the Security Bureau, which is responsible for public safety, security, and immigration matters.

The post was created in 1973 and since the Principal Officials Accountability System was adopted in 2002, the Secretary for Security has been a member of the Executive Council. Before 1973 the office was known as the Secretary for Defence.

Areas of responsibility include:

List of office holders[edit]

Political party:   Nonpartisan

Defence Secretary, 1941[edit]

Portrait Name Term of office Governor Ref
1 John Alexander Fraser.jpg John Alexander Fraser
傅瑞憲
April 1941 25 December 1941 Mark Aitchison Young
(1941)

Defence Secretaries, 1957–1969[edit]

Portrait Name Term of office Governor Ref
1 No image.svg Alastair Todd
陶雅禮
1957 1960 Sir Alexander Grantham
(1947–1957)
Sir Robert Brown Black
(1958–1964)
2 No image.svg Donald Luddington
陸鼎堂
1960 1967
Sir David Trench
(1964–1971)
3 No image.svg Jack Cater
姬達
1967 1967
4 No image.svg Ian Macdonald Lightbody
黎保德
1968 1969

Secretaries for Security, 1973–1997[edit]

Portrait Name Term of office Governor Ref
1 No image.svg George Peter Lloyd
羅以德
June 1973 March 1974 Sir Murray MacLehose
(1971–1982)
2 No image.svg Lewis Mervyn Davis
戴宏志
March 1974 October 1982
Sir Edward Youde
(1982–1986)
3 No image.svg David Jeaffreson
謝法新
November 1982 February 1988
Sir David Wilson
(1986–1992)
4 No image.svg Geoffrey Barnes
班乃信
February 1988 February 1990
5 No image.svg Alistair Asprey
區士培
February 1990 February 1995
Chris Patten
(1992–1997)
6 No image.svg Peter Lai
黎慶寧
February 1995 30 June 1997

Secretaries for Security, 1997–present[edit]

Portrait Name Term of office Duration Chief Executive Term Ref
1 No image.svg Peter Lai Hing-ling
黎慶寧
1 July 1997 30 August 1998 1 year, 60 days Tung Chee-hwa
(1997–2002)
1
2 Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee.jpg Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee
葉劉淑儀
31 August 1998 3 August 2003 4 years, 337 days
2
3 No image.svg Ambrose Lee Siu-kwong
李少光
4 August 2003 30 June 2012 8 years, 331 days
Donald Tsang
(2005–2012)
2
3
4 Lai Tung-kwok.jpg Lai Tung-kwok
黎棟國
1 July 2012 30 June 2017 5 years, 0 days Leung Chun-ying
(2012–2017)
4
5 港府公佈高鐵一地兩檢方案1.jpg John Lee Ka-chiu
李家超
1 July 2017 Incumbent 202 days Carrie Lam
(2017–present)
5