Secretary of State for Air

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The Secretary of State for Air was a cabinet-level British position.wikipedia
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Air Ministry

British Air MinistryAir BoardAir Council
The person holding this position was in charge of the Air Ministry.
It was under the political authority of the Secretary of State for Air.

First Lord of the Admiralty

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In 1946, the three posts of Secretary of State for War, First Lord of the Admiralty, and Secretary of State for Air became formally subordinated to that of Minister of Defence, which had itself been created in 1940 for the co-ordination of defence and security issues.
In 1946, the three posts of Secretary of State for War, First Lord of the Admiralty, and Secretary of State for Air became formally subordinated to that of Minister of Defence, which had itself been created in 1940 for the co-ordination of defence and security issues.

Secretary of State for War

War SecretarySecretaries of State for WarWar Minister
In 1946, the three posts of Secretary of State for War, First Lord of the Admiralty, and Secretary of State for Air became formally subordinated to that of Minister of Defence, which had itself been created in 1940 for the co-ordination of defence and security issues.
In 1946, the three posts of Secretary of State for War, First Lord of the Admiralty, and Secretary of State for Air became formally subordinated to that of Minister of Defence, which had itself been created in 1940 for the co-ordination of defence and security issues.

Secretary of State for Defence

Defence SecretaryMinister of DefenceSec. of State
In 1946, the three posts of Secretary of State for War, First Lord of the Admiralty, and Secretary of State for Air became formally subordinated to that of Minister of Defence, which had itself been created in 1940 for the co-ordination of defence and security issues.
It replaced the positions of First Lord of the Admiralty, Secretary of State for War, and Secretary of State for Air, as the Admiralty, War Office and Air Ministry were merged into the Ministry of Defence (the Secretary of State for War had already ceased to be a cabinet position in 1946, with the creation of the cabinet-level Minister of Defence).

Ministry of Defence (United Kingdom)

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On 1 April 1964, the Air Ministry was incorporated into the newly-created united Ministry of Defence, and the position of Secretary of State for Air was abolished.
From 1946, the three posts of Secretary of State for War, First Lord of the Admiralty, and Secretary of State for Air were formally subordinated to the new Minister of Defence, who possessed a seat in the Cabinet.

William Weir, 1st Viscount Weir

William WeirLord WeirSir William Weir
William Douglas Weir, 1st Viscount Weir GCB PC (12 May 1877 – 2 July 1959) was a Scottish industrialist and politician, who served as President of the Air Council in 1918.

Winston Churchill

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In 1917, he returned to government under David Lloyd George as Minister of Munitions, then as Secretary of State for War and Air, and finally for the Colonies, overseeing the Anglo-Irish Treaty and Britain's Middle East policy.

Freddie Guest

Frederick GuestFrederick Edward GuestHon. Freddie Guest
He was also Secretary of State for Air between 1921 and 1922.

Harold Harmsworth, 1st Viscount Rothermere

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Rothermere served as President of the Air Council in the government of David Lloyd George for a time during World War I, and was made Viscount Rothermere, of Hemsted in the County of Kent, in 1919.

Christopher Thomson, 1st Baron Thomson

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He served as Secretary of State for Air under Ramsay MacDonald in 1924 and between 1929 and 1930, when he was killed in the R101 disaster.

Charles Vane-Tempest-Stewart, 7th Marquess of Londonderry

Lord LondonderryThe Marquess of LondonderryMarquess of Londonderry
He is best remembered for his tenure as Secretary of State for Air in the 1930s and for his 'understanding' of Nazi Germany in the 1930s.

William Mackenzie, 1st Baron Amulree

Lord AmulreeThe Lord AmulreeSir William Mackenzie
He served as Secretary of State for Air under Ramsay MacDonald between 1930 and 1931.

Liberal Party (UK)

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In 1940, they joined Churchill's wartime coalition government, with Sinclair serving as Secretary of State for Air, the last British Liberal to hold Cabinet rank office for seventy years.

Weetman Pearson, 1st Viscount Cowdray

Weetman PearsonLord CowdrayWeetman Dickinson Pearson
That same month, David Lloyd George requested that he become President of the Air Board.

Kingsley Wood

Sir Kingsley WoodHoward Kingsley WoodRt Hon. Sir Kingsley Wood
As Secretary of State for Air in the months before the Second World War he oversaw a huge increase in the production of warplanes to bring Britain up to parity with Germany.

William Wedgwood Benn, 1st Viscount Stansgate

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A decorated Royal Air Force officer, he was Secretary of State for India between 1929 and 1931 and Secretary of State for Air between 1945 and 1946.

J. E. B. Seely, 1st Baron Mottistone

J. E. B. SeelyJack SeelyJohn Seely
He was appointed Under-Secretary of State for Air and President of the Air Council in 1919, again under Winston Churchill (Secretary of State for War).

Philip Cunliffe-Lister, 1st Earl of Swinton

Lord SwintonThe Viscount SwintonPhilip Cunliffe-Lister
When MacDonald retired as Prime Minister and was succeeded by Stanley Baldwin a Cabinet reshuffle took place in which Cunliffe-Lister became Secretary of State for Air.

R101

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Among the 12 passengers were Lord Thomson, Secretary of State for Air; Sir Sefton Brancker, Director of Civil Aviation; Squadron Leader William Palstra, RAAF Air Liaison Officer (ALO) to the British Air Ministry; Director of Airship Development Reginald Colmore; and both Lt. Col. V. C. Richmond and Michael Rope.

Harold Macmillan

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He was Secretary of State for Air for two months in Churchill's caretaker government, 'much of which was taken up in electioneering', there being 'nothing much to be done in the way of forward planning'.

William Sidney, 1st Viscount De L'Isle

William SidneyViscount De L'IsleLord De L'Isle
He served as Secretary of State for Air from 1951 to 1955, under Winston Churchill, and was raised to the viscountcy in 1956.

George Ward, 1st Viscount Ward of Witley

George WardHon. George WardViscount Ward of Witley
He served as Secretary of State for Air under Harold Macmillan from 1957 to 1960.