Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs


Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

Infobox minister office
border = parliamentary
minister = not_prime
office = Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs


incumbent = David Miliband
tookoffice = 28 June 2007
appointed_by = Gordon Brown
governor = Prime Minister
first_minister = Charles James Fox
date = 27 March 1782
The Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, commonly referred to as the Foreign Secretary, is a member of the United Kingdom Government heading the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and responsible for relations with foreign countries, matters pertaining to the Commonwealth of Nations and the UK's overseas territories and the promotion of British interests abroad.

Position

The Foreign Secretary is a member of the Cabinet, and the post is considered one of the Great Offices of State. It came into existence in 1968 with the merger of the functions of Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and Secretary of State for Commonwealth Affairs into a single Department of State. The India Office was a predecessor department of the Foreign Office.

The Foreign Secretary works out of the Foreign Office in Whitehall. The post's official residences are 1 Carlton Gardens in London and Chevening in Kent.

In the Cabinet reshuffle on 5 May 2006 Margaret Beckett became the first woman to hold the post.

David Miliband was appointed to the post on 28 June 2007 by the new Prime Minister, Gordon Brown.

ecretary of State for Foreign Affairs (1782-1968)

The position of Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs was created in the United Kingdom's governmental reorganization of 1782, in which the Northern and Southern Departments became the Home and Foreign Offices

1Resigned
²Died in office
³Lord John Russell was later elevated to the Peerage as the Earl Russell
4Lord Stanley later succeeded to the Peerage as the Earl of Derby
5Defeated for election to the House of Commons

ecretaries of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1968 - present)


1 Became Prime Minister
2 Resigned
3 Cabinet Reshuffled
4 Died in Office
5 Change of Ministry

See also

* Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs
* Permanent Under-Secretary at the Foreign Office
* Secretary of State for Commonwealth Affairs
* Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations
* Secretary of State for the Colonies
* Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs
* Foreign minister
* Great Offices of State

External links

* [http://www.fco.gov.uk/ FCO website]


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