This is a list of Parliamentary Under-Secretaries of State and Permanent Under-Secretaries of State at the India Office during the period of British rule between 1858 and 1937 for India(and Burma by extension), and for India and Burma from 1937 to 1948.

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State was a ministerial position and the Permanent Under-Secretary of State was a civil service position.

Parliamentary Under-Secretaries of State for India, 1858–1937

Portrait Name Term of office
Henry Baillie 1858 1859
Hon. Thomas Baring 1859 1861
The Earl de Grey 1861 1861
Hon. Thomas Baring 1861 1864
The Lord Wodehouse 1864 1864
The Lord Dufferin and Clandeboye 1864 1866
James Stansfeld 1866 1866
Sir James Fergusson, Bt 1866 1867
The Lord Clinton 1867 1868
M. E. Grant Duff 1868 1874
Lord George Hamilton 1874 1878
Hon. Edward Stanhope 1878 1880
The Marquess of Lansdowne 1880 1880
Viscount Enfield 1880 1883
John Kynaston Cross 1883 1885
The Lord Harris 1885 1886
Sir Ughtred Kay-Shuttleworth, Bt 1886 1886
Stafford Howard 1886 1886
Sir John Eldon Gorst 1886 1891
Hon. George Curzon 1891 1892
George W. E. Russell 1892 1894
The Lord Reay 1894 1895
The Earl of Onslow 1895 1900
The Earl of Hardwicke 1900 1902
Earl Percy 1902 1904
Vacant 1904 1904
The Marquess of Bath 1904 1905
John Ellis 1905 1907
Charles Hobhouse 1907 1908
Thomas Buchanan 1908 1909
The Master of Elibank 1909 1910
Hon. Edwin Samuel Montagu 1910 1914
Charles Henry Roberts 1914 1915
The Lord Islington 1915 1919
The Lord Sinha 1919 1920
The Earl of Lytton 1920 1922
The Earl Winterton 1922 1924
Robert Richards 1924 1924
The Earl Winterton 1924 1929
Drummond Shiels 1929 1929
The Earl Russell 1929 1931
The Lord Snell 1931 1931
Vacant 1931 1931
The Marquess of Lothian 1931 1932
Rab Butler 1932 1937

Parliamentary Under-Secretaries of State for India and Burma, 1937–1948

Portrait Name Term of office Political party
Lord Stanley
MP for Fylde
1937 1938 Conservative
Anthony Muirhead
MP for Wells
1938 1939† Conservative
Hugh O'Neill
MP for Antrim
1939 1940 Ulster Unionist
The Duke of Devonshire 1940 1943 Conservative
The Earl of Munster 1943 1944 Conservative
The Earl of Listowel 1944 1945 Labour
The Earl of Scarbrough 1945 1945 Conservative
Arthur Henderson
MP for Kingswinford
1945 1947 Labour

Permanent Under-Secretaries of State for India, 1858–1937

Portrait Name Term of office
Sir George Russell Clerk 1858 1860
Herman Merivale 1860 1874
Sir Louis Mallet 1874 1883
Sir Arthur Godley 1883 1909
Sir Richmond Ritchie 1909 1912
Sir Thomas Holderness 1912 1920
Sir William Duke 1920 1924
Sir Arthur Hirtzel 1924 1930
Sir Findlater Stewart 1930 1937

Permanent Under-Secretaries of State for India and Burma, 1937–1948

Portrait Name
Honorifics
Term of office
Sir Findlater Stewart
GCIE KCB CSI
1937 1941
Sir David Monteath
KCB KCMG CVO OBE
1941 1948

See also


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