The Info List - Minister Without Portfolio

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A minister without portfolio is either a government minister with no specific responsibilities or a minister who does not head a particular ministry. The sinecure is particularly common in countries ruled by coalition governments and a cabinet with decision-making authority wherein a minister without portfolio, while he or she may not head any particular office or ministry, still receives a ministerial salary and has the right to cast a vote in cabinet decisions. In some countries where the executive branch is not composed of a coalition of parties and, more often, in countries with purely presidential systems of government, such as the United States, the position of minister without portfolio (or an equivalent position) is uncommon.


1 Australia 2 Bangladesh 3 Bulgaria 4 Canada 5 Croatia

5.1 Deputy Prime Ministers without portfolio

6 Denmark 7 Germany 8 Hungary 9 India 10 Indonesia

10.1 Presidential Cabinet (19 August 1945–14 November 1945) 10.2 First Sjahrir Cabinet (11 November 1945–28 February 1946) 10.3 Second Sjahrir Cabinet (12 March 1946–2 October 1946) 10.4 Third Sjahrir Cabinet (5 October 1946–27 July 1947)

11 Ireland 12 Israel 13 Italy 14 Macedonia 15 Malta 16 Nepal 17 Netherlands 18 New Zealand 19 Norway 20 Philippines 21 Portugal 22 Serbia 23 Taiwan 24 Sweden 25 Tanzania 26 United Kingdom

26.1 19th century 26.2 Edwardian and wartime 26.3 Post-war 26.4 21st century

27 United States 28 Uganda 29 References 30 External links

Australia[edit] Stanley Bruce
Stanley Bruce
was given the title of Minister without Portfolio when he took up his position in 1932 as the Commonwealth Minister in London. He was given the title by Lyon's Cabinet so that he could better represent the PM and his colleagues free from the limitations of a portfolio. In this case the title was a promotion and carried considerable responsibilities.[1] Bangladesh[edit] Bangladesh appoints ministers without portfolio during cabinet reshuffles or fresh appointments. Ministers are not usually appointed without portfolio as a coalition negotiation – all long run ministers end up with a portfolio. Suranjit Sengupta was a minister without portfolio in Sheikh Hasina's second government.[2] Bulgaria[edit]

Bozhidar Dimitrov

Canada[edit] While minister without portfolio is seen by some as a mere sinecure appointment, it has been a role that numerous political notables have played over time, including former Prime Minister Jean Chrétien, who filled the role in a Pearson cabinet in the 1960s; John Turner
John Turner
also "kept a seat warm" in a Pearson cabinet. Notable Conservatives who filled the role include R. B. Bennett, and Arthur Meighen; however, Meighen served this role after he had been prime minister. The title of minister without portfolio has been used off and on; in recent times, though, the title has fallen out of favour, and the last minister without portfolio, Gilles Lamontagne, was promoted to postmaster general in 1978. The practice has continued under the guise of ministers of state without responsibilities in the ministers' titles. The position has also been filled on the federal or provincial level by experienced politicians near the end of their careers as a way of allowing them to counsel the government and take on projects without the burdens associated with administering a government department. Croatia[edit]

Dragutin Kalogjera (1990) Zvonimir Medvedović (1990) Gojko Šušak
Gojko Šušak
(1990–1991) Zdravko Mršić (1990–1991) Dražen Budiša (1991–1992) Ivan Cesar (1991–1992) Ivica Crnić (1992) Darko Čargonja (1992) Živko Juzbašić (1991–1992) Mladen Vedriš (1992) Vladimir Veselica (1991) Muhamed Zulić (1991–1992) Zvonimir Baletić (1991–1992) Slavko Degoricija (1991) Stjepan Zdunić (1991) Čedomir Pavlović (1992–1993) Smiljko Sokol (1992–1993) Zlatko Mateša (1993–1995) – Prime Minister (1995–2000) Juraj Njavro (1993–1997) Ivan Majdak (1993–1995) Marijan Petrović (1995) Adalbert Rebić (1995) Davor Štern (1995) Branko Močibob (1995–1997) Gordana Sobol (2002–2003) Bianca Matković (2009–2011) Goran Marić (2016)

Deputy Prime Ministers without portfolio[edit]

Bernardo Jurlina (1990–1991) Mate Babić (1990) Milan Ramljak (1990–1992) Franjo Gregurić (1990–1991) – Prime Minister (1991–1992) Mate Granić
Mate Granić
(1991–1993) – Minister of Foreign Affairs (1993–2000) Jurica Pavelić (1991–1992) Zdravko Tomac
Zdravko Tomac
(1991–1992) Ivan Milas (1992–1993) Vladimir Šeks
Vladimir Šeks
(1992–1994) Mladen Vedriš (1992–1993) Ivica Kostović (1993–1995) Bosiljko Mišetić (1995) Borislav Škegro (1993–1997) Ljerka Mintas Hodak (1995–1998) Željka Antunović
Željka Antunović
(2000–2002) Slavko Linić
Slavko Linić
(2000–2003) Goran Granić (2000–2002) Ante Simonić (2002–2003) Damir Polančec
Damir Polančec
(2005–2008) Đurđa Adlešić
Đurđa Adlešić
(2008–2010) Slobodan Uzelac
Slobodan Uzelac
(2008–2011) Domagoj Ivan Milošević (2010–2011) Tomislav Karamarko
Tomislav Karamarko
(2016) Božo Petrov
Božo Petrov
(2016) – Speaker of Parliament (2016–2017)

Denmark[edit] Three "control ministers" served as ministers without portfolio during World War I. After the Liberation of Denmark in May 1945, the first Danish cabinet included four ministers without portfolio. Among these were Danish ambassador to the U.S. Henrik Kauffmann, who had conducted his own foreign policy throughout the war and refused to follow orders from Copenhagen as long as Denmark remained occupied by a foreign power. Kauffmann served in this capacity from 12 May to 7 November 1945. The three other holders of this title had joined the cabinet a few days before – Aksel Larsen (Communist Party of Denmark), Kr. Juul Christensen (Danish Unity) and Frode Jakobsen
Frode Jakobsen
(Social Democrats). Lise Østergaard held a position as minister without portfolio with special attention to foreign policy issues in Anker Jørgensen's cabinet from 26 February 1977 to 28 February 1980. Anders Fogh Rasmussen
Anders Fogh Rasmussen
appointed Bertel Haarder
Bertel Haarder
to Minister without Portfolio, but effectively Minister for European Affairs. Haarder served in this capacity from 27 November 2001 to 18 February 2005. The reason for appointing a minister without a ministry was the Danish European Union Presidency of 2002. Haarder was considered the most experienced Danish politician on European affairs. Germany[edit]

Hermann Göring
Hermann Göring
(1933) Rudolf Hess Arthur Seyss-Inquart
Arthur Seyss-Inquart
(1939–1945) Hjalmar Schacht
Hjalmar Schacht

Since 1949, a Federal Minister for Special
Affairs (Bundesminister für besondere Aufgaben) is a member of the Federal Government that does not have charge of a Federal Ministry, although some have simultaneously been Chief of the Federal Chancellor's Office. Hungary[edit]

Zsolt Semjén Tamás Fellegi


Kunwar Natwar Singh

Indonesia[edit] Since the inception of the state, Indonesia had ministers without portfolio, usually given the title Menteri Negara ('State Minister'). The number was not fixed, entirely depended on the behest of the President. Below is the list of Ministers without Portfolio in each Cabinet. Presidential Cabinet (19 August 1945–14 November 1945)[edit]

Mohammad Amir Abdul Wahid Hasyim Sartono Alexander Andries Maramis Mohammad Amir Oto Iskandar di Nata

First Sjahrir Cabinet (11 November 1945–28 February 1946)[edit]


Second Sjahrir Cabinet (12 March 1946–2 October 1946)[edit]


Third Sjahrir Cabinet (5 October 1946–27 July 1947)[edit]

Sri Sultan Hamengkubuwana IX Abdul Wahid Hasyim Wikana Dr. Soedarsono Tan Po Gwan Setiabudi

Ireland[edit] The Ministers and Secretaries Act[3] allows a member of the Government of Ireland not to have charge of a Department of State; such a person is referred to as a "Minister without portfolio" (Irish: Aire gan Cúram Roinne).[4] Such a minister may nevertheless be given a specific title. The only substantive minister without portfolio has been Frank Aiken, the Minister for the Co-ordination of Defensive Measures during World War II.[5] By the Emergency Powers Act 1939 then in force, the Minister for Defence was able to delegate some competences to him.[6][7] Such delegation is now done instead[citation needed] with Ministers of State: "junior ministers" who are not members of the government. Junior ministers can be given a right to sit at cabinet; they are often known colloquially as "super-juniors." This allows the Government to circumvent the Constitutional limit on the number of Senior Ministers. On several occasions a minister has been appointed to an incoming government with the title of a new Department of State. Between the date of appointment and the date of creation of the department, such a minister was technically a minister without portfolio.[8] Examples include:

Title Govt Minister Appt to govt Dept created Dept

Minister of Economic Planning and Development 21st Dáil Martin O'Donoghue 8 July 1977[9][10] 13 December 1977[11][12] Department of Economic Planning and Development

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform 31st Dáil Brendan Howlin 9 March 2011[13] 6 July 2011[14][15] Department of Public Expenditure and Reform

Israel[edit] It is common practice in Israel to appoint ministers without portfolio as part of the coalition negotiations. All cabinets in recent years have had at least some such appointment. The Governance Law passed in 2013 forbade Ministers Without Portfolio effectively ending the practice, however in spite of some objections, after the 2015 elections this issue was revisited in the Knesset and it was allowed for the practice to resume. The full alphabetical list of Ministers without Portfolio since 1949 is:

Ofir Akunis
Ofir Akunis
(2015) Yosef Almogi
Yosef Almogi
(1961–62) Shulamit Aloni
Shulamit Aloni
(1974, 1993) Yehuda Amital
Yehuda Amital
(1995–96) Shaul Amor (1999) Zalman Aran
Zalman Aran
(1954–55) Moshe Arens
Moshe Arens
(1984–86, 1987–88) Ruhama Avraham
Ruhama Avraham
(2007–08) Ami Ayalon
Ami Ayalon
(2007–08) Yisrael Barzilai
Yisrael Barzilai
(1969–70) Benny Begin
Benny Begin
(2009–13, 2015) Menachem Begin
Menachem Begin
(1967–70) Mordechai Ben-Porat
Mordechai Ben-Porat
(1982–84) Yosef Burg
Yosef Burg
(1984) Eitan Cabel
Eitan Cabel
(2006–07) Ra'anan Cohen (2001–02) Yitzhak Cohen
Yitzhak Cohen
(2006–08) Aryeh Deri
Aryeh Deri
(1993) Aryeh Dolchin
Aryeh Dolchin
(1969–70) Sarah Doron
Sarah Doron

Abba Eban
Abba Eban
(1959–60) Rafael Edri (1988–90) Yaakov Edri (2006–07) Effi Eitam
Effi Eitam
(2002) Yisrael Galili
Yisrael Galili
(1966–67, 1969–77) Akiva Govrin
Akiva Govrin
(1963–64) Mordechai Gur
Mordechai Gur
(1988–90) Gideon Hausner (1974–77) Yigal Hurvitz (1984–88) Haim Landau
Haim Landau
(1978–79) Pinhas Lavon
Pinhas Lavon
(1952–54) David Levy (2002) Yitzhak Levy
Yitzhak Levy
(2002) Tzipi Livni
Tzipi Livni
(2001–02) David Magen (1990) Raleb Majadele
Raleb Majadele
(2007) Dan Meridor
Dan Meridor
(2001–03) Yitzhak Moda'i (1981–82, 1986–88) Shaul Mofaz
Shaul Mofaz

Peretz Naftali
Peretz Naftali
(1951–52, 1955–59) Meshulam Nahari
Meshulam Nahari
(since 2006) Dan Naveh (2001–03) Moshe Nissim
Moshe Nissim
(1978–80, 1988–90) Ehud Olmert
Ehud Olmert
(1988–90) Yossi Peled
Yossi Peled
(2009) Shimon Peres
Shimon Peres
(1969) Yitzhak Peretz (1984, 1987–88) Haim Ramon
Haim Ramon
(2005) Pinchas Sapir
Pinchas Sapir
(1968–69) Yosef Sapir
Yosef Sapir
(1967–69) Avner Shaki
Avner Shaki
(1988–90) Yosef Shapira (1984–88) Ariel Sharon
Ariel Sharon
(1983–84) Victor Shem-Tov
Victor Shem-Tov
(1969–70) Salah Tarif (2001–02) Ezer Weizman
Ezer Weizman
(1984–88) Dov Yosef
Dov Yosef
(1952–53) Rehavam Ze'evi
Rehavam Ze'evi

Italy[edit] In the Italian government, Ministers without Portfolio are nominated by the President
of the Council of Ministers (Prime Minister) and formally appointed by the President
of the Republic to lead particular departments directly under the Presidency (or Presidium) of the Council of Ministers. Unlike the office of State Undersecretary to the Presidency, who fulfils duties in the Prime Minister's remit, Ministers without Portfolio enjoy the full status of ministers but do not lead an independent ministry. Departments on equalities, European affairs and relations with regions, for example, are usually led by ministers without portfolio. The Monti Cabinet
Monti Cabinet
had 6 ministers without portfolio:

Dino Piero Giarda
Dino Piero Giarda
(Relations with Parliament) Fabrizio Barca
Fabrizio Barca
(Territorial cohesion) Piero Gnudi
Piero Gnudi
(Regional affairs, Tourism and Sport) Enzo Moavero Milanesi
Enzo Moavero Milanesi
(European affairs) Andrea Riccardi
Andrea Riccardi
(Integration and International cooperation) Filippo Patroni Griffi (Public Administration and Law simplification)

The Letta Cabinet
Letta Cabinet
had 8 ministers without portfolio:

Josefa Idem (Equal opportunities, Sport and Youth policy; resigned in June) Cécile Kyenge
Cécile Kyenge
(Integration and Youth Policy) Giampiero D'Alia (Public Administration) Dario Franceschini
Dario Franceschini
(Relations with Parliament) Enzo Moavero Milanesi
Enzo Moavero Milanesi
(European affairs) Graziano Delrio
Graziano Delrio
(Regional affairs and Sport) Carlo Triglia (Territorial cohesion) Gaetano Quagliariello
Gaetano Quagliariello
(Constitutional reforms)

The Renzi Cabinet
Renzi Cabinet
had 3 ministers without portfolio:

Maria Elena Boschi
Maria Elena Boschi
(Constitutional Reforms and Parliamentary Relations) Marianna Madia (Simplification of Public Administration) Maria Carmela Lanzetta (2014–2015)[16] (Regional Affairs)

Macedonia[edit] As of 2017, ministers without portfolio (министер без ресор) are:

Ramiz Merko Edmond Ademi Robert Popovski Zoran Sapurik Zorica Apostolovska Adnan Kahil Samka Ibraimovski


Joe Mizzi (1996–1998) Konrad Mizzi
Konrad Mizzi
(2016-2017) On April 28, 2016, following the appearance of his name in the Panama Papers
Panama Papers
leaks, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat announced in a press conference at the Auberge de Castille
Auberge de Castille
that Konrad Mizzi was to be removed from the position of Health and Energy Minister. Mizzi would however retain the title of Minister without portfolio, working within the Office of the Prime Minister.[17][18]

Nepal[edit] Dr. Ram Sharan Mahat.[19] Netherlands[edit]

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A minister without portfolio in the Netherlands is a minister that does not head a specific ministry, but assumes the same power and responsibilities as a minister that does. The minister is responsible for a specific part of another minister's policy field. In that sense, a minister without portfolio is comparable to a staatssecretaris (state secretary or junior minister) in Dutch politics, who also falls under another ministry and is responsible for a specific part of that minister's policy field. However, one distinct difference is that a minister without portfolio is a member of the council of ministers and can vote in it, whereas a state secretary is not. The minister for development cooperation has always been a minister without portfolio. In the second Balkenende cabinet there were three ministers without portfolio: Agnes van Ardenne (Development Cooperation), Rita Verdonk (Integration and Immigration) and Alexander Pechtold
Alexander Pechtold
(Government Reform and Kingdom Relations). In the fourth Balkenende cabinet there were three ministers without portfolio: Eberhard van der Laan
Eberhard van der Laan
(Housing, Neighbourhoods and Integration), Bert Koenders
Bert Koenders
(Development Cooperation) and André Rouvoet, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Youth and Family. The second Rutte cabinet has two ministers without portfolio: Stef Blok (Housing and the Central Government Sector) and Lilianne Ploumen (Development Cooperation). New Zealand[edit] In the First Labour Government from 1935 the Hon. Mark Fagan
Mark Fagan
was a "Minister without Portfolio" from 1935 to 1939, as was the Hon. David Wilson from 1939 to 1949. They were appointed to the upper house and made a "minister without portfolio" to add them to the cabinet although neither were elected to a seat in Parliament. In the Third National Government, Keith Holyoake
Keith Holyoake
was made a Minister of State 1975–77 after he had retired as party leader, and in the Fourth National Government Robin Gray was made a Minister of State 1993–96 after he had retired as Speaker (though he was also Associate Minister of Foreign Affairs). Both appointments were considered sinecures to avoid their return as 'backbenchers'. Norway[edit] From 2009 to 2013 Karl Eirik Schjøtt-Pedersen (Labour) was a Minister without Portfolio and Chief of Staff in the Prime Ministers Office, where his job was to co-ordinate within government. Philippines[edit] During the Japanese Occupation of the Philippines, then-Senate President
Manuel Roxas
Manuel Roxas
was appointed Minister without Portfolio by the Japanese Government.[citation needed] Portugal[edit] Following the Carnation revolution, several politicians were made ministers without portfolio:

Álvaro Cunhal
Álvaro Cunhal
(1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th provisional government) Ernesto Melo Antunes
Ernesto Melo Antunes
(2nd, 3rd provisional government) Francisco Pereira de Moura (1st, 4th provisional government) Francisco Sá Carneiro
Francisco Sá Carneiro
(1st provisional government) Joaquim Magalhães Mota (2nd, 3rd, 4th provisional government) Jorge Campinos (1st constitutional government) Mário Soares
Mário Soares
(4th provisional government) Vítor Alves (2nd, 3rd provisional government)

Serbia[edit] Main article: Minister without portfolio
Minister without portfolio
(Serbia) From 2007 to 2008, Dragan Đilas
Dragan Đilas
was a "minister without portfolio" in charge of the National Investment Plan.

Milan Krkobabić (2016) Slavica Đukić Dejanović
Slavica Đukić Dejanović
(2017) Nenad Popović
Nenad Popović

Taiwan[edit] In the Executive Yuan
Executive Yuan
of the Republic of China, there are several such ministers, at one time. Currently, the ministers without portfolio are:[20]

Audrey Tang Chang Ching-sen, also serving as Governor of Fujian Province Chen Tain-jy, also serving as Minister of National Development Council Hsu Jan-yau, also serving as Governor of Taiwan Province
Taiwan Province
and Minister of Mongolian and Tibetan Affairs Commission John Deng[21] Lin Wan-i Wu Hong-mo, also serving as Minister of Public Construction Commission Wu Tsung-tsong


Dag Hammarskjöld
Dag Hammarskjöld
(1951–1953). Olof Palme
Olof Palme

Tanzania[edit] President
Jakaya Kikwete
Jakaya Kikwete
appointed Professor Mark Mwandosya
Mark Mwandosya
as a minister without portfolio in 2012. United Kingdom[edit]

United Kingdom Minister without Portfolio

Royal Arms as used by Her Majesty's Government

Flag of the United Kingdom

Incumbent Brandon Lewis
Brandon Lewis
MP since 8 January 2018

Cabinet Office

Style The Right Honourable

Reports to The Prime Minister

Nominator The Prime Minister

Appointer The British Monarch on the advice of the Prime Minister

Term length No fixed term

Inaugural holder William Cavendish

Formation January 1805

Website GOV.UK

In the United Kingdom, it is often a cabinet position, and is sometimes used to get people such as the Chairman of the Conservative Party or the Labour Party Chairman into cabinet meetings (if so, they hold the title of "Party Chairman"). The sinecure positions of Lord Privy Seal and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
which have few responsibilities and have a higher rank in the Order of Precedence than Minister without Portfolio can also be used for similar effect. Currently the Minister without Portfolio is responsible for Cabinet Office Brexit preparedness and legislation and attends several committees in this capacity. The role also attends Cabinet. 19th century[edit]

Name Portrait Concurrent office(s) Tenure Political party Prime Minister

William Cavendish-Bentinck, 3rd Duke of Portland

January 1805 – February 1806 Whig

William Pitt the Younger

William Fitzwilliam, 4th Earl Fitzwilliam

October 1806 – March 1807

William Grenville (Ministry of All the Talents)

William Cavendish-Bentinck, 3rd Duke of Portland

4 – 30 October 1809 Tory

Spencer Perceval

Dudley Ryder, 1st Earl of Harrowby

November 1809 – June 1812 Tory (Pittite)

John Pratt, 2nd Earl Camden
John Pratt, 2nd Earl Camden
(created 1st Marquess Camden, August 1812)

8 April – December 1812 Tory

Robert Jenkinson, 2nd Earl of Liverpool

Henry Phipps, 1st Earl of Mulgrave

January 1819 – May 1820

Henry Petty-Fitzmaurice, 3rd Marquess of Lansdowne

April – July 1827 Whig

George Canning

William Bentinck, 4th Duke of Portland

July – September 1827 Tory (Canningite)

George Howard, 6th Earl of Carlisle

22 November 1830 – 5 June 1834 Whig

Charles Grey, 2nd Earl Grey

Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington

3 September 1841 – July 1846 Conservative

Robert Peel

Henry Petty-Fitzmaurice, 3rd Marquess of Lansdowne

28 December 1852 – 21 February 1858 Whig

George Hamilton-Gordon, 4th Earl of Aberdeen (until February 1855)

Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston

Lord John Russell

February 1853 – June 1854

George Hamilton-Gordon, 4th Earl of Aberdeen

Spencer Horatio Walpole

May 1867 – February 1868 Conservative

Edward Smith-Stanley, 14th Earl of Derby

Michael Hicks Beach

7 March 1887 – 20 February 1888

Robert Gascoyne-Cecil, 3rd Marquess of Salisbury

Edwardian and wartime[edit]

Name Portrait Concurrent office(s) Tenure Political party Prime Minister

Henry Petty-Fitzmaurice, 5th Marquess of Lansdowne

25 May 1915 – December 1916 Liberal Unionist

H. H. Asquith (Coalition)

Arthur Henderson

Member of the War Cabinet 10 December 1916 – 12 August 1917 Labour

David Lloyd George (Coalition)

Alfred Milner, 1st Viscount Milner

10 December 1916 – 18 April 1918 Conservative

Jan Smuts

22 June 1917 – 10 January 1919 South African Party

Edward Carson

17 July 1917 – 21 January 1918 Ulster Unionist Party (Irish Unionist)

George Barnes

Member of the War Cabinet (until October 1919) 13 August 1917 – 27 January 1920 Labour

Austen Chamberlain

Member of the War Cabinet 18 April 1918 – 10 January 1919 Conservative

Eric Campbell Geddes

10 January – 31 October 1919

Laming Worthington-Evans

Member of the War Cabinet (until October 1919) 10 January 1919 – 13 February 1921

Christopher Addison

1 April – 14 July 1921 Liberal

Anthony Eden

Minister for League of Nations affairs 7 June – 22 December 1935 Conservative

Stanley Baldwin (Coalition)

Eustace Percy

7 June 1935 – 31 March 1936

Leslie Burgin

Minister of Supply-designate 21 April – 14 July 1939 National Liberal Party

Neville Chamberlain (Coalition)

Maurice Hankey

Member of the War Cabinet September 1939 – 10 May 1940 no party

Neville Chamberlain (Coalition)

Arthur Greenwood

11 May 1940 – 22 February 1942 Labour

Winston Churchill (Coalition)

William Jowitt

30 December 1942 – 8 October 1944


Name Portrait Concurrent office(s) Tenure Political party Prime Minister

A. V. Alexander

4 October – 20 December 1946 Labour Co-operative

Clement Attlee

Arthur Greenwood

17 April – 29 September 1947 Labour

Geoffrey FitzClarence, 5th Earl of Munster

18 October 1954 – 1957 Conservative

Winston Churchill

Anthony Eden

Stormont Mancroft, 2nd Baron Mancroft

11 June 1957 – 1958

Harold Macmillan

Henry Scrymgeour-Wedderburn, 11th Earl of Dundee

23 October 1958 – 1961 Unionist

Percy Mills, 1st Baron Mills

Deputy Leader of the House of Lords 9 October 1961 – 14 July 1962 Conservative

Bill Deedes

13 July 1962 – 16 October 1964

Alec Douglas-Home

Peter Carington, 6th Baron Carrington

Leader of the House of Lords 20 October 1963 – 16 October 1964

Eric Fletcher

19 October 1964 – 6 April 1966 Labour

Harold Wilson

Arthur Champion, Baron Champion

Deputy Leader of the House of Lords 21 October 1964 – 7 January 1967

Douglas Houghton

6 April 1966 – 7 January 1967

Edward Shackleton, Baron Shackleton

Deputy Leader of the House of Lords 7 January 1967 – 16 January 1968

Patrick Gordon Walker

7 January – 21 August 1967

George Thomson

17 October 1968 – 6 October 1969

Peter Shore

6 October 1969 – 19 June 1970

Niall Macpherson, 1st Baron Drumalbyn

15 October 1970 – 1974 Unionist

Edward Heath

Morys Bruce, 4th Baron Aberdare

8 January – March 1974 Conservative

David Young, Baron Young of Graffham

advising on unemployment 11 September 1984 – 3 September 1985

Margaret Thatcher

Jeremy Hanley

Chairman of the Conservative Party 20 July 1994 – 5 July 1995 John Major

Brian Mawhinney

5 July 1995 – 2 May 1997

Peter Mandelson

called the "Dome Secretary" 2 May 1997 – 27 July 1998 Labour

Tony Blair

21st century[edit]

Name Portrait Concurrent office(s) Tenure Political party Prime Minister

Charles Clarke

Labour Party Chair 9 June 2001 – October 2002 Labour

Tony Blair

John Reid

24 October 2002 – April 2003

Ian McCartney

4 April 2003 – May 2006

Hazel Blears

5 May 2006 – June 2007

no appointment 28 June 2007 – May 2010

Gordon Brown

Sayeeda Warsi, Baroness Warsi

Co-Chairman of the Conservative Party 12 May 2010 – September 2012 Conservative

David Cameron (Coalition)

Grant Shapps

4 September 2012 – May 2015

Ken Clarke

trade envoy 4 September 2012 – July 2014

John Hayes

Senior Parliamentary Adviser to the Prime Minister (Cabinet Office) 28 March 2013 – July 2014

Robert Halfon

Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Party 11 May 2015 – 17 July 2016

David Cameron

no appointment

17 July 2016 - 8 January 2018

Theresa May

Brandon Lewis

Chairman of the Conservative Party 8 January 2018 – present

United States[edit] In the United States, an individual who has great influence on government affairs without holding formal office might be described as a "minister without portfolio". Such an appellation is completely unofficial (possibly intended jokingly or disparagingly) and merely serves to underscore the extent of the individual's already-existing influence; it does not grant any new influence or power. Examples include Bernard Baruch[23] and Arthur Burns.[24] Uganda[edit] Since 2015, the cabinet list has included a minister without portfolio:

Abraham Byandala – 2015 until 2016 Abdul Nadduli – 2016 to present


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