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First Lords of Trade, 1695-1782Edit

Name Entered office Left office Party Notes
The Earl of Bridgwater 16 December 1695 9 June 1699 Whig
The Earl of Stamford 9 June 1699 8 January 1702 Whig
The Viscount Weymouth 8 January 1702 1705 Tory
The Earl of Stamford 1705 12 June 1711 Whig
The Earl of Winchilsea 12 June 1711 15 September 1713 Tory
The Lord Guilford 15 September 1713 September 1714 Tory
The Lord Berkeley September 1714 12 May 1715 Whig
The Earl of Suffolk 12 May 1715 31 January 1718 Whig
The Earl of Holdernesse 31 January 1718 11 May 1719 Whig
The Earl of Westmorland 11 May 1719 May 1735 Whig
The Earl Fitzwalter May 1735 June 1737 Whig
The Lord Monson June 1737 1 November 1748 Whig
The Earl of Halifax 1 November 1748 21 March 1761 Whig
The Lord Sandys 21 March 1761 1 March 1763 Whig
Charles Townshend 1 March 1763 20 April 1763 Whig
The Earl of Shelburne 20 April 1763 9 September 1763 Whig
The Earl of Hillsborough 9 September 1763 20 July 1765 Whig
The Earl of Dartmouth 20 July 1765 16 August 1766 Whig
The Earl of Hillsborough 16 August 1766 December 1766 Whig
The Viscount Nugent December 1766 20 January 1768 Whig
The Earl of Hillsborough 20 January 1768 31 August 1772 Tory also Secretary of State for the Colonies
The Earl of Dartmouth 31 August 1772 10 November 1775 Tory also Secretary of State for the Colonies
Lord George Germain 10 November 1775 6 November 1779 Tory also Secretary of State for the Colonies
The Earl of Carlisle 6 November 1779 9 December 1780 Tory
The Lord Grantham 9 December 1780 11 July 1782

Presidents of the Committee on Trade and Foreign Plantations, 1784-1786Edit

Name Entered office Left office Party Notes
The Lord Sydney 5 March 1784 23 August 1786 Tory also Secretary of State for the Home Department

Presidents of the Board of Trade, 1786-1963Edit

Name Entered office Left office Party Notes
The Lord Hawkesbury
from 1796, the Earl of Liverpool
23 August 1786 7 June 1804 Tory also Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
The Duke of Montrose 7 June 1804 5 February 1806 Tory also Postmaster-General
The Lord Auckland 5 February 1806 31 March 1807 Whig
The Earl Bathurst 31 March 1807 29 September 1812 Tory also Master of the Mint, 1807-1812, Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, 1809, and Secretary of State for War and the Colonies from June 1812
The Earl of Clancarty 29 September 1812 24 January 1818 Tory also Master of the Mint
Frederick Robinson 24 January 1818 21 February 1823 Tory also Treasurer of the Navy
William Huskisson 21 February 1823 4 September 1827 Tory also Treasurer of the Navy
Charles Grant 4 September 1827 11 June 1828 Tory also Treasurer of the Navy
William Vesey Fitzgerald 11 June 1828 2 February 1830 Tory also Treasurer of the Navy
John Herries 2 February 1830 22 November 1830 Tory also Master of the Mint
The Lord Auckland 22 November 1830 5 June 1834 Whig also Master of the Mint
Charles Poulett Thomson 5 June 1834 14 November 1834 Whig also Treasurer of the Navy
Alexander Baring 15 December 1834 8 April 1835 Tory also Master of the Mint
Charles Poulett Thomson 18 April 1835 29 August 1839 Whig
Henry Labouchere 29 August 1839 30 August 1841 Whig also Master of the Mint
The Earl of Ripon 3 September 1841 15 May 1843 Conservative
William Gladstone 15 May 1843 5 February 1845 Conservative
The Earl of Dalhousie 5 February 1845 27 June 1846 Conservative
The Earl of Clarendon 6 July 1846 22 July 1847 Whig
Henry Labouchere 22 July 1847 21 February 1852 Whig
Joseph Warner Henley 27 February 1852 17 December 1852 Conservative
Edward Cardwell 28 December 1852 31 March 1855 Peelite
The Lord Stanley of Alderley 31 March 1855 21 February 1858 Whig
Joseph Warner Henley 26 February 1858 3 March 1859 Conservative
The Earl of Donoughmore 3 March 1859 11 June 1859 Conservative
Thomas Milner Gibson 6 July 1859 26 June 1866 Liberal
Sir Stafford Northcote 6 July 1866 8 March 1867 Conservative
The Duke of Richmond 8 March 1867 1 December 1868 Conservative
John Bright 9 December 1868 14 January 1871 Liberal
Chichester Parkinson-Fortescue 14 January 1871 17 February 1874 Liberal
Sir Charles Adderley 21 February 1874 4 April 1878 Conservative
Viscount Sandon 4 April 1878 21 April 1880 Conservative
Joseph Chamberlain 3 May 1880 9 June 1885 Liberal
The Duke of Richmond 24 June 1885 19 August 1885 Conservative
Edward Stanhope 19 August 1885 28 January 1886 Conservative
Anthony Mundella 17 February 1886 20 July 1886 Liberal
The Lord Stanley of Preston 3 August 1886 21 February 1888 Conservative
Sir Michael Hicks-Beach 21 February 1888 11 August 1892 Conservative
Anthony Mundella 18 August 1892 28 May 1894 Liberal
James Bryce 28 May 1894 21 June 1895 Liberal
Charles Ritchie 29 June 1895 7 November 1900 Conservative
Gerald Balfour 7 November 1900 12 March 1905 Conservative
The Marquess of Salisbury 12 March 1905 4 December 1905 Conservative
David Lloyd George 10 December 1905 12 April 1908 Liberal
Winston Churchill 12 April 1908 14 February 1910 Liberal
Sydney Buxton 14 February 1910 11 February 1914 Liberal
John Burns 11 February 1914 5 August 1914 Liberal
Walter Runciman 5 August 1914 5 December 1916 Liberal
Sir Albert Stanley 10 December 1916 26 May 1919 Liberal
Sir Auckland Geddes 26 May 1919 19 March 1920 Conservative
Sir Robert Horne 19 March 1920 1 April 1921 Conservative
Stanley Baldwin 1 April 1921 19 October 1922 Conservative
Sir Philip Lloyd-Greame 24 October 1922 22 January 1924 Conservative
Sidney Webb 22 January 1924 3 November 1924 Labour
Sir Philip Lloyd-Greame
from 1924, Sir Philip Cunliffe-Lister
6 November 1924 4 June 1929 Conservative
William Graham 7 June 1929 24 August 1931 Labour
Sir Philip Cunliffe-Lister 25 August 1931 5 November 1931 Conservative
Walter Runciman 5 November 1931 28 May 1937 National Liberal
Oliver Stanley 28 May 1937 5 January 1940 Conservative
Sir Andrew Duncan 5 January 1940 3 October 1940 National Liberal
Oliver Lyttelton 3 October 1940 29 June 1941 Conservative
Sir Andrew Duncan 29 June 1941 4 February 1942 National Liberal
John Llewellin 4 February 1942 22 February 1942 Conservative
Hugh Dalton 22 February 1942 23 May 1945 Labour
Oliver Lyttelton 23 May 1945 26 July 1945 Conservative
Sir Stafford Cripps 27 July 1945 29 September 1947 Labour
Harold Wilson 29 September 1947 23 April 1951 Labour
Sir Hartley Shawcross 23 April 1951 26 October 1951 Labour
Peter Thorneycroft 30 October 1951 13 January 1957 Conservative
Sir David Eccles 13 January 1957 14 October 1959 Conservative
Reginald Maudling 14 October 1959 9 October 1961 Conservative
Fred Erroll 9 October 1961 20 October 1963 Conservative
Edward Heath 20 October 1963 16 October 1964 Conservative also Secretary of State for Industry, Trade and Regional Development
Douglas Jay 18 October 1964 29 August 1967 Labour
Anthony Crosland 29 August 1967 6 October 1969 Labour
Roy Mason 6 October 1969 19 June 1970 Labour
Michael Noble 19 June 1970 15 October 1970 Conservative
John Davies 15 October 1970 5 November 1972 Conservative also Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
Peter Walker 5 November 1972 4 March 1974 Conservative also Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
Peter Shore 5 March 1974 8 April 1976 Labour also Secretary of State for Trade
Edmund Dell 8 April 1976 11 November 1978 Labour also Secretary of State for Trade
John Smith 11 November 1978 4 May 1979 Labour also Secretary of State for Trade
John Nott 5 May 1979 5 January 1981 Conservative also Secretary of State for Trade
John Biffen 5 January 1981 6 April 1982 Conservative also Secretary of State for Trade
The Lord Cockfield 6 April 1982 12 June 1983 Conservative also Secretary of State for Trade
Cecil Parkinson 12 June 1983 11 October 1983 Conservative also Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
Norman Tebbit 16 October 1983 2 September 1985 Conservative also Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
Leon Brittan 2 September 1985 22 January 1986 Conservative also Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
Paul Channon 24 January 1986 13 June 1987 Conservative also Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
The Lord Young of Graffham 13 June 1987 24 July 1989 Conservative also Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
Nicholas Ridley 24 July 1989 13 July 1990 Conservative

also Secretary of State for Trade and Industry

Peter Lilley 13 July 1990 10 April 1992 Conservative also Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
Michael Heseltine 10 April 1992 5 July 1995 Conservative also Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
Ian Lang 5 July 1995 2 May 1997 Conservative also Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
Margaret Beckett 2 May 1997 27 July 1998 Labour also Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
Peter Mandelson 27 July 1998 23 December 1998 Labour also Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
Stephen Byers 23 December 1998 8 June 2001 Labour also Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
Patricia Hewitt 8 June 2001 6 May 2005 Labour also Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
Alan Johnson 6 May 2005 5 May 2006 Labour also Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
Alistair Darling 5 May 2006 27 June 2007 Labour also Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
John Hutton 28 June 2007 3 October 2008 Labour also Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform
The Lord Mandelson 3 October 2008 11 May 2010 Labour also Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform to 5 June 2009; then Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills
Vince Cable 12 May 2010 Liberal Democrats also Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills

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