Previously combined with health in the Secretary of State for Social Services

Name Entered office Left office Party Notes
John Moore 25 July 1988 23 July 1989 Conservative
Tony Newton 23 July 1989 10 April 1992 Conservative
Peter Lilley 10 April 1992 2 May 1997 Conservative
Harriet Harman 3 May 1997 27 July 1998 Labour
Alistair Darling 27 July 1998 8 June 2001 Labour

Merged with the employment functions of the Secretary of State for Education and Employment to form the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions.

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