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Secretary of State
for Transport
Royal Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom (HM Government).svg
Official portrait of Rt Hon Mark Harper MP.jpg
Incumbent
Mark Harper

since 25 October 2022
Department for Transport
StyleTransport Secretary
(informal)
The Right Honourable
(within the UK and the Commonwealth)
StatusSecretary of state
Minister of the Crown
AppointerThe Monarch
on advice of the Prime Minister
Formation19 May 1919
First holderEric Campbell Geddes
Websitewww.dft.gov.uk

The secretary of state for transport, also referred to as the transport secretary, is a secretary of state in the Government of the United Kingdom, with overall responsibility for the policies of the Department for Transport.[1] The incumbent is a member of the Cabinet of the United Kingdom, 16th in the ministerial ranking.[2]

The office holder works alongside the other transport ministers. The corresponding shadow minister is the shadow secretary of state for transport, and the secretary of state is also scrutinised by the Transport Select Committee.[3]

Minister of Transport (1919–1941)

Colour key (for political parties):
  Conservative   Labour   National Labour   Liberal   National Liberal

Name Term of office Political party Prime Minister
Eric Campbell Geddes 19 May 1919 7 November 1921 Conservative David Lloyd George
(Coalition)
The Viscount Peel 7 November 1921 12 April 1922 Conservative
The Earl of Crawford 12 April 1922 31 October 1922 Conservative
Sir John Baird, Bt 31 October 1922 22 January 1924 Conservative Bonar Law
Stanley Baldwin
Harry Gosling 24 January 1924 3 November 1924 Labour Ramsay MacDonald
Wilfrid Ashley 11 November 1924 4 June 1929 Conservative Stanley Baldwin
Herbert Morrison 7 June 1929 24 August 1931 Labour Ramsay MacDonald
John Pybus 3 September 1931 22 February 1933 Liberal Ramsay MacDonald
(1st & 2nd National min.)
Hon. Oliver Stanley 22 February 1933 29 June 1934 Conservative
Leslie Hore-Belisha 29 June 1934 28 May 1937 National Liberal
Stanley Baldwin
(3rd National min.)
Leslie Burgin 28 May 1937 21 April 1939 National Liberal Neville Chamberlain
(4th National min.)
Euan Wallace 21 April 1939 14 May 1940 Conservative Neville Chamberlain
(War Coalition)
John Reith 14 May 1940 3 October 1940 National Independent Winston Churchill
(War Coalition)
John Moore-Brabazon 3 October 1940 1 May 1941 Conservative

Minister of (War) Transport and Minister of Civil Aviation (1941–1953)

The Ministry of Transport absorbed the Ministry of Shipping and was renamed the Ministry of War Transport in 1941, but resumed its previous name at the end of the war.

The Ministry of Civil Aviation was created by Winston Churchill in 1944 to look at peaceful ways of using aircraft and to find something for the aircraft factories to do after the war. The new Conservative government in 1951 appointed the same minister to both Transport and Civil Aviation, finally amalgamating the ministries on 1 October 1953.

Colour key (for political parties):
  Conservative   Labour   National Liberal

Minister of
Transport
Minister of
Civil Aviation
Term of office Political party Prime Minister
The Lord Leathers
(Min. of War Transport)
1 May 1941 26 July 1945 Conservative Winston Churchill
(War Coalition)
The Viscount Swinton 8 October 1944 26 July 1945 Conservative
Alfred Barnes The Lord Winster 3–4 August 1945 4 October 1946 Labour Clement Attlee
The Lord Nathan 4 October 1946 31 May 1948 Labour
The Lord Pakenham 31 May 1948 1 June 1951 Labour
The Lord Ogmore 1 June 1951 26 October 1951 Labour
Hon. John Maclay 31 October 1951 7 May 1952 National Liberal Sir Winston Churchill
Alan Lennox-Boyd 7 May 1952 1 October 1953 Conservative

Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation (1953–1959)

Colour key (for political parties):
  Conservative

Name Term of office Political party Prime Minister
Alan Lennox-Boyd 1 October 1953 28 July 1954 Conservative Sir Winston Churchill
John Boyd-Carpenter 28 July 1954 20 December 1955 Conservative
Harold Watkinson 20 December 1955 14 October 1959 Conservative Sir Anthony Eden
Harold Macmillan

Minister of Transport (1959–1970)

The Ministry was renamed back to the Ministry of Transport on 14 October 1959, when a separate Ministry of Aviation was formed.

Colour key (for political parties):
  Conservative   Labour

Name Term of office Political party Prime Minister
Ernest Marples 14 October 1959 16 October 1964 Conservative Harold Macmillan
Sir Alec Douglas-Home
Thomas Fraser 16 October 1964 23 December 1965 Labour Harold Wilson
Barbara Castle 23 December 1965 6 April 1968 Labour
Richard Marsh 6 April 1968 6 October 1969 Labour
Fred Mulley 6 October 1969 19 June 1970 Labour
John Peyton 23 June 1970 15 October 1970 Conservative Edward Heath

Minister within the Department of the Environment (1970–1976)

Transport responsibilities were subsumed by the Department for the Environment, headed by the Secretary of State for the Environment from 15 October 1970 to 10 September 1976.

Colour key (for political parties):
  Conservative   Labour

Name Term of office Political party Prime Minister
Peter Walker 15 October 1970 5 November 1972 Conservative Edward Heath
Geoffrey Rippon 5 November 1972 4 March 1974 Conservative
Anthony Crosland 5 March 1974 8 April 1976 Labour Harold Wilson

The junior ministers responsible for transport within the Department for the Environment:

Minister for Transport Industries (1970–1974)

Minister for Transport (1974–1976)

The Department for Transport was recreated as a separate department by James Callaghan in 1976.

Secretary of State for Transport (1976–1979)

Colour key (for political parties):
  Labour

Name Portrait Term of office Political party Prime Minister
Bill Rodgers[7]
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10 September 1976 4 May 1979 Labour James Callaghan

Minister of Transport (1979–1981)

Not an official member of the cabinet.

Colour key (for political parties):
  Conservative

Name Portrait Term of office Political party Prime Minister
Norman Fowler[8]
Official portrait of Lord Fowler crop 2.jpg
11 May 1979 5 January 1981 Conservative Margaret Thatcher

Secretary of State for Transport (1981–1997)

Colour key (for political parties):
  Conservative

Name Portrait Term of office Political party Prime Minister
Norman Fowler[8]
Official portrait of Lord Fowler crop 2.jpg
5 January 1981 14 September 1981 Conservative Margaret Thatcher
David Howell[9]
Official portrait of Lord Howell of Guildford 2020 crop 2.jpg
14 September 1981 11 June 1983 Conservative
Tom King[10]
Official portrait of Lord King of Bridgwater crop 2.jpg
11 June 1983 16 October 1983 Conservative
Hon. Nicholas Ridley 16 October 1983 21 May 1986 Conservative
John Moore[11]
Mr John Moore M.P. addressing the Annual LSE Society Dinner, 5th June, 1985.jpg
21 May 1986 13 June 1987 Conservative
Paul Channon 13 June 1987 24 July 1989 Conservative
Cecil Parkinson[12] 24 July 1989 28 November 1990 Conservative
Malcolm Rifkind[13]
Malcolm Rifkind 2011 (cropped).jpg
28 November 1990 10 April 1992 Conservative John Major
John MacGregor[14]
Official portrait of Lord MacGregor of Pulham Market crop 2.jpg
11 April 1992 20 July 1994 Conservative
Brian Mawhinney[15] 20 July 1994 5 July 1995 Conservative
Sir George Young, Bt[16]
Official portrait of Lord Young of Cookham, 2020.jpg
5 July 1995 2 May 1997 Conservative

Secretary of State for Environment, Transport and the Regions (1997–2001)

Main article: Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions

The super-department Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions was created in 1997 for Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott.

Colour key (for political parties):
  Labour

Name Portrait Term of office Political party Prime Minister
John Prescott[17]

MP for Kingston upon Hull West and Hessle

John Prescott on his last day as Deputy Prime Minister, June 2007.jpg
2 May 1997 7 June 2001 Labour Tony Blair

Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (2001–2002)

The Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions was widely considered unwieldy and so was broken up, with the Transport functions now combined with Local Government and the Regions in the DTLR (Department for Transport, Local Government and the Regions). Critics argued from the outset that this was a mistake and that a post of Secretary of State for Transport was needed in its own right.

Colour key (for political parties):
  Labour

Name Term of office Political party Prime Minister
Stephen Byers[18]

MP for North Tyneside

8 June 2001 28 May 2002 Labour Tony Blair

After Byers' resignation, such a division was made, with the portfolios of Local Government and the Regions transferred to the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister.

During the lifetime of DTLGR, John Spellar served as Minister of State for Transport with a right to attend Cabinet.

Secretary of State for Transport (2002–present)

Colour key (for political parties):
  Conservative   Labour

Name Portrait Term of office Political party Prime Minister
Alistair Darling[19]

MP for Edinburgh South West

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29 May 2002 5 May 2006 Labour Tony Blair
Douglas Alexander[20]

MP for Paisley and South Renfrewshire

Douglas Alexander at the India Economic Summit 2008.jpg
5 May 2006 28 June 2007 Labour
Ruth Kelly[21]

MP for Bolton West

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28 June 2007 5 October 2008 Labour Gordon Brown
Geoff Hoon[22]

MP for Ashfield

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5 October 2008 5 June 2009 Labour
The Lord Adonis[23]
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6 June 2009 6 May 2010 Labour
Philip Hammond[24][25]

MP for Runnymede and Weybridge

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12 May 2010 14 October 2011 Conservative David Cameron
(Coalition)
Justine Greening[26]

MP for Putney

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14 October 2011 6 September 2012 Conservative
Patrick McLoughlin[27]

MP for Derbyshire Dales

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6 September 2012 14 July 2016 Conservative
David Cameron
(II)
Chris Grayling[28]

MP for Epsom and Ewell

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14 July 2016 24 July 2019 Conservative Theresa May
Grant Shapps[29]

MP for Welwyn Hatfield

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24 July 2019 6 September 2022 Conservative Boris Johnson
Anne-Marie Trevelyan[30]

MP for Berwick-upon-Tweed

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6 September 2022 25 October 2022 Conservative Liz Truss
Mark Harper[31]

MP for Forest of Dean

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25 October 2022 Incumbent Conservative Rishi Sunak

See also

References

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