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List of Presidents/Secretaries of State


Presidents of the Board of Trade (1786-1970)


1786 August            Lord Hawkesbury (1796 became Earl of Liverpool)  
 

 
1804 June               3rd Duke of Montrose
 

 
1806 February         1st  Lord Auckland
 

 
1807 March             3rd  Earl Bathurst
 

 
1809                       Viscount Melville
 

 
1812                       3rd Earl Bathurst
 

 
1815 September        2nd  Earl of Clancarty
 

 
1818 January            Frederic Robinson (later Earl of Ripon)
 

 
1823 January           William Huskisson
 

 
1827 September       Charles Grant (later Lord Glenelg)
 

 
1828 June               W Vesey Fitzgerald
 

 
1830 February          J C Herries
 

 
1830 November        2nd Lord Auckland
 

 
1834 June               Charles Poulett Thomson (later Lord Sydenham)
 

 
1834 December        A Baring (later Lord Ashburton)
 

 
1835 April               Charles Poulett Thomson (later Lord Sydenham)
 

 
1839 August           Henry Labouchere (later Lord Taunton)
 

 
1841 September      Earl of Ripon
 

 
1843 May              William Gladstone
 

 
1845 February        Earl of Dalhousie
 

 
1846 July               Earl of Clarendon
 

 
1847 July               Henry Labouchere (later Lord Taunton)
 

 
1852 February         Joseph Henley
 

 
1852 December        Edward Cardwell (later Viscount Cardwell)
 

 
1855 March             Lord Stanley of Alderley
 

 
1858 April               Joseph Henley
 

 
1859 March            4th Earl of Donoughmore
 

 
1859 July               Thomas Milner Gibson
 

 
1866 July               Sir Stafford Northcote, Bart (later Earl of Iddesleigh)
 

 
1867 March           6th Duke of Richmond
 

 
1868 December      John Bright
 

 
1870 January         Chichester Fortescue (later Lord Carlingford)
 

 
1874 March            Sir Charles Adderley (later Lord Norton)
 

 
1878 April              Viscount Sandon (later Earl of Harrowby)
 

 
1880 April              Joseph Chamberlain
 

 
1885 June             3rd Duke of Richmond and Gordon
 

 
1885 August          Edward Stanhope
 

 
1886 February        Anthony Mundella
 

 
1886 August          Sir Frederick Stanley (later Earl of Derby)
 

 
1888 February        Sir Michael Hicks-Beach (later Earl of St Aldwyn)
 

 
1892 August           Anthony Mundella
 

 
1894 May               James Bryce (later Viscount Bryce of Dechmont)
 

 
1895 June              Charles Ritchie (later Lord Ritchie of Dundee)
 

 
1900 November        Gerald Balfour (later Earl Balfour)
 

 
1905 March             4th Marquess of Salisbury
 

 
1905 December        David Lloyd George (later Earl Lloyd George)
 

 
1908 April               Winston Churchill (later Sir Winston Churchill)
 

 
1910 February          Sydney Buxton (later Earl Buxton)
 

 
1914 February          John Burns
 

 
1914 August            Walter Runciman (later Viscount Runciman)
 

 
1916 December        Sir Albert Stanley (later Baron Ashfield)
 

 
1919 May               Sir Auckland Geddes
 

 
1920 March            Sir Robert Horne (later Viscount Horne)
 

 
1921 April               Stanley Baldwin (later Earl Baldwin)
 

 
1922 October          Sir Philip Lloyd-Greame (later Sir P. Cunliffe-Lister, later Viscount Swinton, later Earl Swinton)
 

 
1924 January          Sidney Webb (later Baron Passfield)
 

 
1924 November       Sir Philip Lloyd-Greame
 

 
1929 June              William Graham
 

 
1931 August           Sir Philip Cunliffe-Lister (formerly Sir P. Lloyd-Greame, later Viscount Swinton, later Earl Swinton)
 

 
1931 November      Walter Runciman (later Viscount Runciman)
 

 
1937 May              Oliver Stanley
 

 
1940 January          Sir Andrew Duncan
 

 
1940 October         Oliver Lyttleton (later Viscount Chandos)
 

 
1941 June              Sir Andrew Duncan
 

 
1942 February        Col. J J Llewellin (later Baron Llewellin)
 

 
1942 February        Hugh Dalton (later Baron Dalton)
 

 
1945 May              Oliver Lyttleton (later Viscount Chandos)
 

 
1945  July              Sir Stafford Cripps
 

 
1947 September      Harold Wilson (later Sir Harold Wilson, later Lord Wilson of Rievaulx)
 

 
1951 April               Sir Hartley Shawcross (later Baron Shawcross)
 

 
1951 October          Peter Thorneycroft (later Baron Thorneycroft)
 

 
1957 January           Sir David Eccles (later Viscount Eccles)
 

 
1959 October           Reginald Maudling
 

 
1961 October           Frederick J Erroll (later Baron Erroll)
 

 
1963 October           Edward Heath (Secretary of State for Industry, Trade, Regional Development and President of the Board of Trade)
 

 
1964 October           Douglas Jay
 

 
1967 August            Anthony Crosland
 

 
1969 October           Roy Mason
 

 
1970 June               Michael Noble


DEPARTMENT OF TRADE AND INDUSTRY (1970-74)

The Department came into being on 20 October 1970 merging the two previous departments: the Board of Trade and Ministry of Technology. Secretary of State for Trade and Industry and President of the Board of Trade.
 
 
1970 October          John Davies
 

 
1972 November        Peter Walker


DEPARTMENT OF TRADE (1974-83)

The Department of Trade and Industry was split into three new departments following the general election of February, 1974. Secretary of State for Trade and President of the Board of Trade. 
 

 
1974 March              Peter Shore
 

 
1976 April                Edmund Dell
 

 
1978 November        John Smith
 

 
1979 May               John Nott (later Sir John Nott)
 

 
1981 January          John Biffen
 

 
1982 April               Lord Cockfield 

 
 


DEPARTMENT FOR INDUSTRY (1974-83)


Secretary of State for Industry.
 
 

1974 March            Anthony Benn
 

 
1975 June              Eric Varley (later Lord Varley of Chesterfield)
 

 
1979 May              Sir Keith Joseph (later Lord Joseph of Portsoken)
 

 
1981 September      Patrick Jenkin (later Lord Jenkin of Roding)



 
 
DEPARTMENT OF TRADE AND INDUSTRY (1983-2007)


Following the general election, the Prime Minister announced, on 11 June 1983, that the Departments of Industry and Trade would be merged to form the Department of Trade and Industry.  After the general election of 5 May


Secretary of State for Trade and Industry and President of the Board of Trade.
 

  1983 June              Cecil Parkinson (later Lord Parkinson of Carnforth)
 

 
  1983 October          Norman Tebbit (later Lord Tebbit of Chingford)
 

 
 1985 September       Leon Brittan (later Sir Leon Brittan)
 

 
 1986 January           Paul Channon
 

 
 1987 June               Lord Young of Graffham
 

 
  1989 July               Nicholas Ridley (later Lord Ridley of Liddesdale)
 

 
 1990 July                Peter Lilley
 

 
 1992 April               Michael Heseltine
 

 
 1995 July                Ian Lang
 

 
 1997 May               Margaret Beckett
 

 
 1998 July                Peter Mandelson
 

 
 1998 December       Stephen Byers
 

 
 2001 June               Patricia Hewitt
 

 
 2005 May               Alan Johnson

 

2006 May                Alistair Darling
 

 
   

Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform


As part of the changes to Government Departments made in July 2007, the work of the Office of Science and Innovation moved into a new Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills. The rest of DTI and the Better Regulation Executive (BRE) from the Cabinet Office became a new “Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform”.

2007 July               John Hutton