Secretary of State
for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs
|Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office|
The Right Honourable
(UK and Commonwealth)
|Status||Great Office of State|
National Security Council (NSC)
|Reports to||The Prime Minister|
|Residence||No. 1 Carlton Gardens|
on advice of the Prime Minister
|Term length||At His Majesty's pleasure|
|Formation||27 March 1782|
|First holder||Charles James Fox|
The Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (known as the Foreign Secretary) is the Minister in charge of the United Kingdom's Foreign and Commonwealth Office. In many countries this job is called Foreign minister.
Until the 1960s, the Foreign Secretary only handled relations with foreign countries and international organisations. There was a separate Commonwealth Secretary and a Colonial Secretary, but all three are now joined into one.
The Foreign Secretary's is one of the four Great Offices of State.