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Secretary of State for International Development
Fez image
Incumbent
Saracen's Fez
since 27 February 2017
Category Cabinet position
Style The Right Honourable
International Development Secretary
Inaugural holder Overground
Number of Internal Development Secretaries 14

The International Development Secretary, known in full as the Secretary of State for International Development, is an official within the Government of the United Kingdom and head of the Department for International Development. The office is a cabinet-level position. The position of Culture Secretary is not currently in use. The current International Development Secretary is Saracen's Fez, who was appointed by Prime Minister RayApparently on 27 February 2017.

The two main responsibilities of the International Development Secretary are to promote development overseas, particularly in developing countries, and administer overseas aid. Some of the global tasks which this involves include: offering humanitarian assistance after natural disasters and during conflicts, improving water supply and sanitation, ensuring as many people as possible have access to education and healthcare, tackling diseases, protecting the environment, and reducing poverty.

The International Development Secretary often works closely with the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs due to the overlap between their respective roles but it may also work with several other Ministers to develop strategies in certain areas.

Statements of Intent and Departmental Reviews

International Development Secretaries have produced the following statements of intent and departmental reviews:

Type International Development Secretary Released Result

List of International Development Secretaries

Overground was appointed as the first International Development Secretary for the Labour Party following the sixth general election and since him, there have been 13 other International Development Secretaries.

International Development Secretary Alternative Role Party Took office Left office
Overground Labour December 2007 May 2008
Anony mouse Secretary of State for International Trade and Development Libertarian May 2010 October 2010
aaran-j Secretary of State for International Trade and Development Conservative November 2010 March 2011
Aj12 Secretary of State for International Trade and Development Conservative April 2012 September 2012
Moleman1996 (combined with Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs) Conservative April 2013 August 2013
Qwertish (combined with Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs) Conservative September 2013 March 2014
RoryS (combined with Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs) Labour April 2014 October 2014
toronto353 Secretary of State for International Trade and Development Liberal October 2014 April 2015
StatusRed Secretary of State for International Trade and Development Labour May 2015 July 2015
junaidk7 Labour October 2015 December 2015
McRite Secretary of State for Constitutional Reform, Devolution and International Development Labour December 2015 January 2016
DanE1998 Secretary of State for Constitutional Reform, Devolution and International Development Labour January 2016 April 2016
RayApparently Labour November 2016 February 2017
Saracen's Fez (combined with Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs) Labour February 2017 Incumbent

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