Minister of State for Trade

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The Minister of State for Trade is an executive position in the Government of the United Kingdom, in both the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. The post is responsible for the activities of UK Trade & Investment (UKTI).

Although only a junior Minister of State position, it is considered to be one of the most important jobs outside Cabinet rank. When Douglas Alexander became Minister of State for Trade in September 2004, he was given a special provision to attend the Cabinet meetings.

Ministers of State for Trade[edit]

Name Portrait Entered office Left office Political party Notes
Cecil Parkinson 7 May 1979 14 September 1981 Conservative
Peter Rees 14 September 1981 9 June 1983 Conservative
Paul Channon 9 June 1983 24 January 1986 Conservative
Alan Clark Alan Clark appearing on Opinions 21 February 1993.jpg 24 January 1986 25 July 1989 Conservative
The Lord Trefgarne 25 July 1989 23 July 1990 Conservative
Tim Sainsbury 23 July 1990 14 April 1992 Conservative
Richard Needham Earl of Kilmorey 2014.jpg 14 April 1992 6 July 1995 Conservative
Anthony Nelson 6 July 1995 2 May 1997 Conservative
The Lord Clinton-Davis 2 May 1997 28 July 1998 Labour
Brian Wilson 28 July 1998 28 July 1999 Labour
Richard Caborn 28 July 1999 11 June 2001 Labour
The Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean Official portrait of Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean crop 2.jpg 11 June 2001 13 June 2003 Labour
Mike O'Brien Mike O'Brien 2.jpg 13 June 2003 9 September 2004 Labour
Douglas Alexander Douglas Alexander at the India Economic Summit 2008.jpg 9 September 2004 11 May 2005 Labour
Ian Pearson Ianperason.jpg 11 May 2005 8 May 2006 Labour
Ian McCartney Minister of State for Trade, UK, Mr. Ian McCartney, in New Delhi on November 27, 2006 (cropped).jpg 8 May 2006 28 June 2007 Labour Attended Cabinet
The Lord Jones of Birmingham Lord Jones 2.jpg 29 June 2007 3 October 2008 Independent Sat on the Labour benches in the House of Lords, but never joined the party.
Gareth Thomas Gareth Thomas (English politician).jpg 3 October 2008 5 June 2009 Labour Thomas apparently continued as a Trade Minister after the appointment of Lord Davies. BERR described him simply as 'Minister for Trade' rather than 'Minister for Trade and Investment' as he was prior to Davies' appointment.[1]
The Lord Davies of Abersoch Davies lord Mervyn.jpg 14 January 2009 11 May 2010 Labour as 'Minister for Trade, Investment and Business'[1]
Mark Prisk Mark Prisk.jpg 11 May 2010 11 January 2011 Conservative Styled as 'Minister of State for Business and Enterprise'. Handled UK Trade & Investment until Lord Green entered the government
The Lord Green of Hurstpierpoint Official portrait of Lord Green of Hurstpierpoint crop 2.jpg 11 January 2011 11 December 2013 Conservative as 'Minister of State for Trade and Investment'
The Lord Livingston of Parkhead Ian Livingston World Economic Forum 2013 crop.jpg 11 December 2013 11 May 2015 Conservative [2]
The Lord Maude of Horsham Francis Maude, Minister for the Cabinet Office.jpg 11 May 2015 10 February 2016 Conservative as 'Minister of State for Trade and Investment'. Baroness Anelay of St John’s DBE will be given Lord Maude's responsibilities on an interim basis until Mark Price CVO takes up the role in March 2016.[3]
The Lord Price Lordprice.jpg April 2016 September 2017 Conservative as 'Minister of State for Trade and Investment'. Baroness Anelay of St John’s DBE will be given Lord Maude's responsibilities on an interim basis until Mark Price CVO takes up the role in March 2016.[4]
The Baroness Fairhead Lady Fairhead (cropped).jpg September 2017 7 May 2019 Conservative as 'Minister of State for Trade'

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b BERR - Ministerial Team Archived 2008-12-23 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Gov.uk Minister of State for Trade and Investment
  3. ^ "Ministerial appointment: Mark Ian Price". Retrieved 10 February 2016.
  4. ^ "Ministerial appointment: Mark Ian Price". Retrieved 10 February 2016.

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