Minister of State for Foreign Affairs
Incumbent
The Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park

since 13 February 2020
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
StatusIncumbent
Reports toSecretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
NominatorSecretary of State
AppointerThe Prime Minister
approved and sworn in by the Queen-in-Council
Term lengthNo fixed term
Formation1943
First holderRichard Law

Minister of State for Foreign Affairs is a mid-level ministerial position in Her Majesty's Government, the Minister serves as the deputy to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs.

Responsibilities

The Minister’s responsibilities include:

The Minister’s additional Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office responsibilities include:

Ministers of State for Foreign Affairs 1943–1968

Name Portrait Term of office Political party P.M. F.Sec.
Richard Law
25 September 1943 25 May 1945 Conservative Churchill Eden
William Mabane
25 May 1945 26 July 1945 National Liberal
Philip Noel-Baker
3 August 1945 4 October 1946 Labour Attlee Bevin
Hector McNeil
4 October 1946 28 February 1950
Kenneth Younger
28 February 1950 26 October 1951
Morrison
Selwyn Lloyd
30 October 1951 18 October 1954 Conservative Churchill Eden
The Marquess of Reading
11 November 1953 9 January 1957 Churchill (1953–55)
Eden (1955–57)
Eden (1953–55)
Macmillan (1955)
Lloyd (1955–59)
Anthony Nutting
18 October 1954 3 November 1956
Allan Noble
9 November 1956 16 January 1959 Eden Lloyd
David Ormsby-Gore
16 January 1957 27 June 1961 Macmillan
John Profumo
16 January 1959 27 July 1960
Joseph Godber
27 June 1961 27 June 1963 Douglas-Home
The Earl of Dundee
9 October 1961 16 October 1964
Douglas-Home Butler
Peter Thomas
27 June 1963 16 October 1964
George Thomson
16 October 1964 31 March 1966 Labour Wilson Gordon Walker (1964–65)
Stewart (1965–66)
Brown (1965–68)
The Lord Caradon
16 October 1964 17 October 1968
Walter Padley
19 October 1964 7 January 1967
The Lord Chalfont
23 October 1964 17 October 1968
Eirene White
31 March 1966 7 January 1967 Brown (1966–68)
Stewart (1968)
George Thomson
7 January 1967 29 August 1967
Fred Mulley
7 January 1967 17 October 1968
Goronwy Roberts
29 August 1967 17 October 1968

Ministers of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs 1968–

Name Portrait Term of office Political party P.M. F.Sec.
The Lord Caradon
17 October 1968 19 June 1970 Labour Wilson Stewart
The Lord Chalfont
17 October 1968 19 June 1970
Fred Mulley
17 October 1968 13 October 1969
Goronwy Roberts
17 October 1968 13 October 1969
The Lord Shepherd
17 October 1968 19 June 1970
Joseph Godber
19 June 1970 9 April 1972 Conservative Heath Douglas-Home
The Baroness Tweedsmuir of Belhelvie
9 April 1972 4 March 1974
Julian Amery
9 April 1972 4 March 1974
Lord Balniel
9 April 1972 4 March 1974
David Ennals
7 March 1974 10 September 1976 Labour Wilson Callaghan
Roy Hattersley
7 March 1974 10 September 1976
The Lord Goronwy-Roberts
4 December 1975 4 May 1979
Callaghan
Crosland (1976–77)
Owen (1977–79)
Ted Rowlands
10 September 1976 4 May 1979
David Owen
10 September 1976 21 February 1977 Crosland
Frank Judd
21 February 1977 4 May 1979 Owen
Peter Blaker
4 May 1979 14 September 1981 Conservative Thatcher The Lord Carrington
Nicholas Ridley
4 May 1979 14 September 1981
Richard Luce
14 September 1981 5 April 1982
Cranley Onslow
5 April 1982 13 June 1983 Pym
The Lord Belstead
5 April 1982 13 June 1983
Richard Luce
13 June 1983 2 September 1985 Howe
The Baroness Young
13 June 1983 13 June 1987
Tim Renton
2 September 1985 13 June 1987
David Mellor
13 June 1987 25 July 1988
The Lord Glenarthur
13 June 1987 24 July 1989
William Waldegrave
26 July 1988 2 November 1990
Major (1989)
Hurd (1989–90)
The Lord Brabazon of Tara
24 July 1989 14 July 1990
The Earl of Caithness
14 July 1990 14 April 1992 Hurd
Major
Douglas Hogg
2 November 1990 5 July 1995
Alastair Goodlad
15 April 1992 5 July 1995
Jeremy Hanley
5 July 1995 5 May 1997 Rifkind
Nicholas Bonsor
5 July 1995 5 May 1997
Tony Lloyd
5 May 1997 28 July 1999 Labour Blair Cook
John Battle
28 July 1999 11 June 2001
The Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean
Minister of State for the Middle East
11 June 2001 5 May 2005 Straw
Kim Howells

Minister of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

11 May 2005 6 October 2008
Beckett
Brown Miliband
Bill Rammell

Minister of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

6 October 2008 8 June 2009
Ivan Lewis

Minister of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

8 June 2009 11 May 2010
The Lord Howell of Guildford
Minister of State for International Energy Strategy
13 May 2010 4 September 2012 Conservative Cameron Hague
Hugo Swire

Minister of State for South East Asia, Latin America, Australasia, Pacific and Commonwealth

4 September 2012 15 July 2016
Hammond
Alan Duncan
Minister of State for Europe and the Americas
15 July 2016 22 July 2019 May Johnson
Hunt
Christopher Pincher
Minister of State for Europe and the Americas
25 July 2019 13 February 2020 Johnson Raab
The Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park
Minister of State for the Pacific and the International Environment
13 February 2020 Incumbent

See also