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FORMER WOMEN PARLIAMENTARY PRIVATE SECRETARIES (up to 2003)

The first three tables list all women government Parliamentary Private Secretaries from the first such appointment in 1924 until the 2001 general election. Table 1 lists all the women PPSs until 1979, Table 2 lists the women PPSs during the Thatcher and Major governments, and Table 3 lists women PPSs from the Labour government 1997-2003 who have resigned or been shuffled.

PPSs are appointed by each minister to assist him or her in their parliamentary duties but receive no extra salary. Some PPSs are assigned to a group of ministers in a department rather than an individual, and the Opposition Leader or Deputy Leader (if one exists) also have PPSs. Barbara Roche was PPS to Margaret Beckett as deputy opposition leader from 1992 until 1994. A printable version of these tables is available.

Table 1: All Governments, 1924 to 1979

PPS

Minister to whom assigned

Party

Dates

Susan Lawrence

President of Board of Education

Labour

1924

Ellen Wilkinson

Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Health

Labour

1929-31

Mary Agnes Hamilton

Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
Postmaster General

Labour

1930-31
1931

Thelma Cazalet-Keir

Parliamentary Secretary to the Board of Education

Conservative

1937-40

Jennie Adamson

Minister of Pensions

Labour

1945-46

Barbara Castle

President of the Board of Trade

Labour

1945-51

Dorothy Rees

Minister of National Insurance

Labour

1950-51

Mervyn Pike

Joint Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office

Conservative

1958-59

Joan Quennell

Minister of Transport

Conservative

1962-64

Shirley Williams

Minister of Health

Labour

1964-66

Joyce Butler

Minister of Land & Natural Resources

Labour

1965-66

Joan Hall

Minister of State, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries & Food

Conservative

1972-74

Margaret Jackson

Minister of Overseas Development

Labour

1974-75

Ann Taylor

Secretary of State for Education & Science
Secretary of State for Defence

Labour

1975-76

1976-77

Millie Miller

Minister of State, Department of Prices & Consumer Protection

Labour

1976-77

Oonagh McDonald

Chief Secretary to HM Treasury

Labour

1977-79


Table 2: Conservative Government, 1979 to 1997

PPS

Minister to whom assigned

Dates

Angela Rumbold

Financial Secretary to HM Treasury

1983-85

Virginia Bottomley

Minister of State, Department of Education & Science
Minister for Overseas Development
Secretary of State for Foreign & Commonwealth Affairs

1985-86
1986-87
1987-88

Edwina Currie

Secretary of State for Education & Science

1985-86

Marion Roe

Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department of Transport
Minister of State, Department of Transport
Secretary of State for Transport

1985-86
1986
1986-87

Gillian Shepherd

Economic Secretary to HM Treasury

1988-89

Ann Widdecombe

Minister of State, Foreign & Commonwealth Office

1990

Elizabeth Peacock

Minister of State, Home Office
Minister of State, Department of Social Security
(Minister for Social Security & Disabled People)

1991-92
1992

Maureen Hicks

Minister of State and Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Foreign & Commonwealth Office

1991-92

Emma Nicholson

Minister of State, Home Office
Minister of State, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food
Minister of State, HM Treasury

1992-93
1993-95

1995

Angela Browning

Minister of State, Department of Employment

1993-94

Angela Knight

Minister of State, Department of Trade & Industry
Chancellor of the Exchequer

1993-94
1994-95

Cheryl Gillan

Leader of the House of Lords and Lord Privy Seal

1994-95

Jacqui Lait

Parliamentary Under-Secretaries of State, Department of Social Security
Secretary of State for Wales

1994-95
1995-96


Table 3: Labour Government, 1997 to 2003

PPS

Minister to whom assigned

Dates

Hazel Blears

Minister of State, Department of Health
Chief Secretary to HM Treasury

1997-98
1998-99

Ann Coffey

Prime Minister
Secretary of State for Social Security

1997-98
1998-2002

Jean Corston

Secretary of State for Education & Employment

1997-2001

Kate Hoey

Minister of State, Department of Social Security

1997-98

Helen Jackson

Secretary of State for Northern Ireland

1997-2001

Anne McGuire

Secretary of State for Scotland

1997-98

Margaret Moran

Minister of State, Department of Environment, Transport & the Regions
Minister for the Cabinet Office and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster

Baroness Morgan of Huyton, Cabinet Office

1997-98

1998-2001

2001-2003

Rachel Squire

Chief Secretary to HM Treasury
Minister of State, Department of Education & Employment

1997-98
1998-2001

Fiona Mactaggart

Secretary of State for Culture, Media & Sport

1997-2001

Bridget Prentice

Minister of State, Foreign & Commonwealth Office
Lord Chancellor

1998-99
1999-2001

Rosemary McKenna

Ministers of State, Foreign & Commonwealth Office (Team PPS)

1998-2001

Maria Eagle

Minister of State, Department of Health

1999-2001

Sylvia Heal

Secretary of State for Defence

1999-2000

Sally Keeble

Minister of State, Department of the Environment, Transport & the Regions

1999-2001

Ann Keen

Secretary of State for Health

1999

Sandra Osborne

Minister of State, Scotland Office

1999-2003

Joan Ryan

Andrew Smith, Chief Secretary to HM Treasury

1999-2003

Anne Campbell

Minister of State, Secretary of State for Trade & Industry

1999-2003

Angela Smith

Minister of State, Home Office
Secretary of State and Minister of State, Home Office

1999-2001
2000-01

Elizabeth Blackman

Secretary of State for Defence

2000-2005

Gillian Merron John Reid, Northern Ireland Office
2001-2003
Laura Moffat Lord Irvine of Lairg, Lord Chancellor
2001-2003
Caroline Flint Peter Hain, Foreign & Commonwalth Office
2001-2003
Linda Gilroy Nick Raynsford, Tarnsport, Local Government & the Regions
2001-2003
Charlotte Atkins Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean, Foreign & Commonwealth Office
2001-2003
Shona McIsaac Jane Kennedy, Northern Ireland Office
2001-2003

Lorna Fitzsimons

Minister of State, Department of Defence
Leader of the House of Commons

2001
2001-2003

 

 

 


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