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Secretary of State for Transport

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The Secretary of State for Transport is the member of the cabinet responsible for the British Department for Transport. The role has had a high turnover as new appointments are blamed for the failures of decades of their predecessors. The office used to be called the Minister of Transport, and has been merged with the Department for the Environment at various times.

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Minister of Transport

Minister of War Transport

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.

Minister of Civil Aviation

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 Transport and Civil Aviation, finally amalgamating the Ministries on October 1, 1953.

Minister of Transport

Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation

Minister of Transport

The Ministry was renamed back to the Ministry of Transport on October 14, 1959.

Transport responsibilities were subsumed by the Department of the Environment from October 15, 1970 to September 10, 1976. This shows the junior minister responsible for transport within that department.

Minister for Transport Industries

Minister for Transport

Secretary of State for Transport

Minister of Transport

Secretary of State for Transport

Secretary of State for Environment, Transport and the Regions

From 1997 to 2001, the Ministers of State with responsibility for Transport were:

Gavin Strang and John Reid attended cabinet meetings, but were not formally members of the cabinet.

Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions

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. 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.

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.

Secretary of State for Transport

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