Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs

Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs

Style The Right Honourable
Appointer Prime Minister
Inaugural holder Leo Amery
Formation 11 June 1925
Final holder The Viscount Addison
Abolished 7 July 1947
Deputy Under-Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs

The position of Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs was a British cabinet-level position created in 1925 responsible for British relations with the dominions Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Newfoundland, and the Irish Free State — and the self-governing Crown colony of Southern Rhodesia. When initially created, the office was held in tandem with that of Secretary of State for the Colonies; this arrangement persisted until June 1930. On two subsequent occasions the offices were briefly held by the same person. The Secretary was supported by an Under-Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs. In 1947, the name of the office was changed to the Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations.

Secretaries of State for Dominion Affairs, 1925–1947

Name Portrait Term of office Political party P.M. F.Sec.
Leo Amery
(also Sec.State for the Colonies)
11 June 1925 4 June 1929 Conservative Baldwin Chamberlain
The Lord Passfield
(also Sec.State for the Colonies)
7 June 1929 5 June 1930 Labour MacDonald Henderson
James Henry Thomas
(also Sec.State for the Colonies, Aug.–Nov. 1931)
5 June 1930 22 November 1935 Labour
National Labour Reading


Malcolm MacDonald 22 November 1935 16 May 1938 National Labour Baldwin Hoare


Lord Stanley 16 May 1938 16 October 1938 Conservative Halifax
Malcolm MacDonald
(also Sec.State for the Colonies)
31 October 1938 29 January 1939 National Labour
Sir Thomas Inskip
(later The Viscount Caldecote)
29 January 1939 3 September 1939 Conservative
Anthony Eden[1] 3 September 1939 14 May 1940 Conservative
The Viscount Caldecote[2] 14 May 1940 3 October 1940 Conservative Churchill
Viscount Cranborne 3 October 1940 19 February 1942 Conservative Eden
Clement Attlee[3] 19 February 1942 24 September 1943 Labour
Viscount Cranborne[2] 24 September 1943 26 July 1945 Conservative
The Viscount Addison[2] 3 August 1945 7 July 1947 Labour Attlee Bevin

The Viscount Addison took up the new post of Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations on 7 July 1947.


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