Secretary of State for International Development


Secretary of State for International Development
Secretary of State for International Development
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Department for International Development
Incumbent
Andrew Mitchell

since 12 May 2010
Style The Right Honourable
Appointer David Cameron
Inaugural holder Barbara Castle
Formation 18 October 1964
Website DFID
United Kingdom
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In the United Kingdom, the Secretary of State for International Development is a Cabinet minister responsible for the Department for International Development and for promoting development overseas, particularly in the third world. 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 incorporated with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on 15 October 1970. 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 Andrew Mitchell, who was appointed to the post on 12 May 2010.[2]

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Ministers and Secretaries of State

Minister of Overseas Development (1964–1970)

Name Took office Left 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)

at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Name Took office Left 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

Secretary of State for International Development (1997– )

Name Portrait Took office Left 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, September 2008.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, October 2009 1 cropped.jpg 12 May 2010 Incumbent Conservative David Cameron

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