Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations

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The Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations was a British Cabinet minister responsible for dealing with the United Kingdom's relations with members of the Commonwealth of Nations (its former colonies).wikipedia
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Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs

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The position was created in 1947 out of the old positions of Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs and Secretary of State for India.
In 1947, the name of the office was changed to the Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations.

Secretary of State for the Colonies

Colonial SecretaryColonial OfficeBritish Secretary of State for the Colonies
In 1966, the position was merged with that of the Secretary of State for the Colonies to form that of Secretary of State for Commonwealth Affairs, which was in turn merged with the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs in 1968 to create the new position of Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs.
In consequence, the Colonial Office was merged in 1966 with the Commonwealth Relations Office (which until 1947 had been the Dominions Office) to form the Commonwealth Office, while ministerial responsibility was transferred to the Secretary of State for Commonwealth Affairs (previously known as the Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations).

Secretary of State for Commonwealth Affairs

Commonwealth OfficeParliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Commonwealth Affairs
In 1966, the position was merged with that of the Secretary of State for the Colonies to form that of Secretary of State for Commonwealth Affairs, which was in turn merged with the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs in 1968 to create the new position of Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs.
The position was created on 1 August 1966 by the merger of the old positions of Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations and Secretary of State for the Colonies.

Attlee ministry

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Hastings Ismay, 1st Baron Ismay

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Then, in 1951, when Churchill again became Prime Minister, he appointed Ismay Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations.

Christopher Addison, 1st Viscount Addison

Christopher AddisonThe Viscount AddisonLord Addison
He was also Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs in Attlee's first cabinet, directing the transformation of the Dominion Affairs Office into the Office of Commonwealth Relations and playing an instrumental role in Labour's early anti-imperialist policies and the strengthening of the British Commonwealth.

Patrick Gordon Walker

Patrick Gordon-WalkerGordon WalkerLord Gordon-Walker
From 1947 to 1950, he was a Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Commonwealth Relations Office, and in 1950 he joined the Cabinet as Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations, serving until Labour's defeat at the 1951 general election.

Eden ministry

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Another future Prime Minister, the Earl of Home, entered the cabinet as Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations in 1955.

Philip Noel-Baker

Philip Noel-Baker, Baron Noel-BakerPhilip John Noel-BakerPhilip Baker
Noel-Baker moved to become Secretary of State for Air in October 1946, and then became Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations in 1947 and joined the cabinet.

Robert Gascoyne-Cecil, 5th Marquess of Salisbury

Viscount CranborneLord SalisburyMarquess of Salisbury
During the 1950s, when his party returned to office, successively, he served Churchill, Anthony Eden, and Harold Macmillan as Lord Privy Seal from 1951 to 1952; Leader of the House of Lords from 1951 to 1957; Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations in 1952 and Lord President of the Council from December 1952 to 1957.

Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

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In 1966, the position was merged with that of the Secretary of State for the Colonies to form that of Secretary of State for Commonwealth Affairs, which was in turn merged with the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs in 1968 to create the new position of Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs.

Alec Douglas-Home

Sir Alec Douglas-HomeLord HomeThe Earl of Home
Throughout Churchill's second term as Prime Minister (1951–1955) Home remained at the Scottish Office, although both Eden at the Foreign Office and Lord Salisbury at the Commonwealth Relations Office invited him to join their ministerial teams.

Philip Cunliffe-Lister, 1st Earl of Swinton

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As Deputy Leader of the House of Lords Lord Swinton was also Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations for three years.

Duncan Sandys

Duncan Edwin Sandys The Right Honourable '''Duncan SandysCelia Sandys
Sandys continued as a minister at the Commonwealth Relations Office, later combining it with the Colonies Office, until the Conservative government lost power in 1964.

Arthur Bottomley

Arthur George BottomleyBessie BottomleyBessie Ellen Bottomley
In Harold Wilson's governments he was Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations (1964–66) — during which time he sought to deal with the consequences of Rhodesia's Unilateral Declaration of Independence — and Minister of Overseas Development (1966–67).

United Kingdom

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The Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations was a British Cabinet minister responsible for dealing with the United Kingdom's relations with members of the Commonwealth of Nations (its former colonies).

Commonwealth of Nations

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The Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations was a British Cabinet minister responsible for dealing with the United Kingdom's relations with members of the Commonwealth of Nations (its former colonies).

Secretary of State for India

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The position was created in 1947 out of the old positions of Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs and Secretary of State for India.