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Home / About the Department  / Ministers and their responsibilities / Rt. Hon. Alan Johnson MP

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The Rt. Hon. Alan Johnson MP
Secretary of State for Trade and Industry

Alan Johnson MP, Secretary of State for Trade and Industry Portfolio:

Overall responsibility for the Department of Trade and Industry and the Office of Science and Technology

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  • The Rt Hon Alan Johnson MP is Secretary of State for the Department of Trade and Industry.
  • He was previously the Secretary of State at the Department of Work and Pensions and earlier held the post of Minister of State for Lifelong Learning, Further and Higher Education at the Department for Education and Skills.
  • Earlier, he was Minister of State for Employment Relations and Regions and, before that, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Competitiveness, both at the Department of Trade and Industry.
  • Alan Johnson was born in 1950 and was educated at Sloane Grammar School, Chelsea. He became a postman in 1968, and joined the Union of Communication Workers at the same time.
  • He held a number of posts representing employees since 1976 and was elected to the National Executive Council in 1981. He became General Secretary in 1992 and Joint General Secretary of the CWU from 1995 to 1997.
  • He was a Member of the General Council TUC from 1994 to 1995 and a member of the Labour Party NEC 1995 to 1997.
  • Mr Johnson was a member of the Trade and Industry Select Committee until he was made Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Financial Secretary to the Treasury in December 1997 and then to the Paymaster General in January 1999.


Date: Title:
01/02/06 Manufacturing Dinner
01/02/06 'China - You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet'
31/01/06 Joint Economic Trade Committee (JETCO) Meeting
23/01/06 Energy Review Consultation Launch
20/01/06 'Today's Refugees, Tomorrow's Business Leaders'
18/01/06 Work and Families Bill Third Reading
16/01/06 Equality Bill Third Reading
12/01/06 Security of Energy Supply Debate
20/12/05 Parliamentary Statement on the World Trade Organisation Talks in Hong Kong
07/12/05 Fabian Society Pamphlet Launch - "Raising Lazarus: the Future of Organised Labour"
05/12/05 Civil Partnership Act 2005 - Stonewall Celebration
05/12/05 Work and Families Bill Second Reading
05/12/05 Vodafone's Twentieth Anniversary
24/11/05 "Make Poverty History" Event
18/11/05 Knowledge Economy Conference
17/11/05 Developing the Role of Business in the Business of Development
14/11/05 Enterprising Britain Summit 2005 - Making Ideas Happen
14/11/05 The Wimbledon Effect
21/10/05 Hull and Humber Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner
21/10/05 The Wilberforce Lecture
20/10/05 The Wall of Shame
05/10/05 Climate Change - the Business Forecast
03/10/05 EU / Russia Industrialists' Round Table Event
21/09/05 Community Interest Company Event
15/09/05 Office of Fair Trading Consumer and Competition Day
14/09/05 TUC Conference
12/09/05 Speech to the European Parliament's Regional Development Committee
08/09/05 Confederation of Indian Industries Business Lunch
07/09/05 India-EU Business Summit
05/09/05 China Business Summit Dinner
13/07/05 Hearing of the European Parliament's JURI Committee on Legal Affairs
13/07/05 Hearing of the European Parliament's Internal Market Committee
13/07/05 Hearing of the European Parliament's INTA Committee on International Trade
30/06/05 Looking Ahead to the UK's Presidency of the EU
20/06/05 DTI Stakeholder Event
17/05/05 Queens Speech



Smiths Aerospace Learning and Resource Centre (09/06/03)

Trade Union Congress Conference "Working on the Edge" 30/05/03 

JSB Employment Law Conference (15/05/03)

'London's Perspective' - Consultation on the future of EU Structural Funds post-2006 (06/05/03)

Business case for childcare - childminding networks delivery (20/03/03)

'Relations Between Government and Industry - from the DTI perspective' - Sydney Irving Lecture at the Parliament and Industry Trust (19/02/03)

CIPD Annual Reward Conference (04/02/03)

Information & Consultation Directive (17/01/03) 


North West Manufacturers' Summit (25/10/02)

The Future of European Cohesion Policy (20/09/02)

Council of Employment Tribunals Members Association (24/07/02)

Impact on European Business of Regional Developments (29/05/02)

Fit For The Future Northern Conference on People and Performance - A Winning Combination (16/04/02)

TUC Changing Times Website Launch (15/04/02)

Manufacturing Advisory Service Launch in the South East (10/04/02)

Manufacturing Inside and Outside the Euro Zone: The Currency Divide (27/03/02)

Newbury Enterprise Hub Launch (26/02/02)

TUPE (14/02/02)


The Launch of IPA's "HR Strategy in the New Economy" (26/11/01)

The Launch of the Cast Metals Federation (22/11/01)

Southern and Eastern Regional Trades Union Congress (SERTUC) Conference on Manufacturing (19/11/01)

Launch of the Work-Life Balance Guide for the Hospitality Industry (17/10/01)

The Teacher Support Network and UK Employee Assistance Professionals Association, Work-Life Balance Conference (20/09/01)

Speech to West Devon and South East Cornwall Branch of CIPD (19/09/01)

Productivity Through Partnership At Work (17/07/01)

Council of Employment Tribunal Members' Associations AGM (12/07/01)

The Institute of Chartered Accountants (18/06/01)

The Gauge & Toolmakers Association Annual Luncheon. (04/04/01)

Stockport Chamber of Commerce and Industry Annual Dinner (30/03/01)

CIPD Conference on Value and Voice (20/03/01)

The Trade Association Forum Annual Conference (15/03/01)

The Opening of Johnson Matthey New Autocatalyst Plant (14/03/01)

Launch of the Process Industries Centre for Manufacturing Excellence (12/03/01)

The Federation of Manufacturers of Construction Equipment and Cranes, Promoting Performance Conference. (05/03/01)

The Made in London - The London Manufacturer's Group Annual Dinner (28/02/01)

TUC Pre-Budget Conference (06/02/01) 


Teaching Company Scheme Awards 2000 (04/12/00)

USDAW North Eastern Conference (24/09/00)

Speech at the opening of Unilevers new biosciences building (11/07/00)

The North West Centre for Skills Development in Knitwear Manufacturing (10/07/00)

Launch of the UK Analytical Partnership (03/07/00)

NFSP Conference (16/05/00)

The Textile Institute's 80th World Conference (17/04/00)

MACH 2000 - "The Future of the Motor Car Industry" (11/04/00)

MOD Defence Industrial Policy Seminar (05/04/00)


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