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ATTLEE COMPLETES MINISTERIAL POSTS

SOME SURPRISES

Demobilisation Chief's Big Task N.Z. Press Association —Copyright Rec. 10 a.m. LONDON, Aug. 3. Mr. Attlee has announced the remaining members of his Cabinet. The Prime Minister's final list was submitted to the King last night after discussions between Mr. Attlee and the members of his Cabinet whose names have already been announced. This morning Mr. Attlee had an audience with the King at Buckingham Palace and the complete Cabinet was later announced. The names announced to-day were:— Home Secretary.—Mr. J. Chuter Ede. Dominions Secretary.—Lord Addison. Secretary for India.—Mr. Pethick Lawrence. Colonial Secretary.—Mr. G. H. Hall. First Lord of the Admiralty.—Mr. A. V. Alexander. Secretary for War. —Mr. J. J. Lawson. Secretary for Air.—Viscount Stansgate. Minister of Labour and National Service.—Sir. George Isaacs. Minister of Education.—Miss Ellen Wilkinson. , Minister of Health.—Mr. Aneurin Bevan. Minister of Agriculture.—Mr. Tom Williams. Minister of Supply and Aircraft Production.—Mr. J. Wilmot. Minister of War Transport.—Mr. Alfred Barnes. Minister of Food.—Sir Ben Smith. Minister of Fuel.—Mr. Emanuel Shinwell. Minister of State.—Mr. Noel Baker. Minister of Pensions.—Mr. Wilfred Paling. Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury.—Mr. William Whiteley.

Secretary of State for Scotland.— Mr. J. Westwood. Barony For India Secretary

His Majesty approved a barony for Mr. Pethick Lawrence and made Mr. Isaacs, Mr. Bevan, Mr. Barnes and Mr. Shinwell Privy Councillors. Lord Addison will be Leader of the House of Lords. Mr. William Whiteley, who was joint-Government Chief Whip in the Coalition, has been appointed the Labour party's Chief Whip at Mr. Attlee's special request. The biggest surprise in the Ministerial appointments are those of Mr. Isaacs and Mr. Barnes, says the Press Association lobby correspondent. Demobilisation is one of the key problems of the next year or two, and Mr. Isaacs will face, many complexities in the orderly transfer of vast numbers of workers from war to peace production. Although pressure on the Ministry of War Transport is greatly diminished, Mr. Barnes still has much work to do there. Miss Wilkinson is only the second woman to reach Cabinet rank, the first being Miss Margaret Bondfield. More Labour Peers will probably be created shortly.

. Forty-seven-year-old Aneurin Bevan has been Labour member for Ebbw Vale (Monmouthshire) since 1929. Son of a coal-miner, he was educated at SerlTowy Elementary School, and became a miner at the age of 13. He was prominent In the councils of the South Wales Miners' Federation, and was elected to the local urban district council after his return from Labour College. He is the husband of Jenny Lee, also a Labour member of the House and formerly a Scottish school teacher. Lord Addison, Dominions Secretary and Leader of the House of Lords, was created a baron in 1937. Holder of the medical and bachelor of science degrees, he was educated at Trinity College and St. Bartholomew's Hospital, and has held numerous administrative positions in the medical profession. He .was M.P. for Hoxton from 1910 to 1922, and for Swindon, 1929-31 and 1934-35. He was Parliamentary Secretary to the Board of Education in 1914-15, Minister of Munitions, 1916-17; Minister in Charge of Reconstruction, 1917; px-esident of the Local Government Board, 1919; First Minister of Health, 1919-21; and Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, 1930-31. Emanuel Shinwell, new Minister of Mining, was Parliamentary Secretary to the Department of Mines in 1924 and in 1930-31. Aged 61, he is a Londoner by birth. He was Labour M.P. for Linlithgow in 1922-24 and 1928-31, and was Financial Secretary to the War Office in 1930. He was out of the House of Commons for four years before defeating the Prime Minister, Mr. Ramsay Mac Donald, at Seaham, in 1935. He declined junior office in Mr. Churchill's Government in 1940. Parliamentary Secretary to the British Board of Education since 1940, Mr. James Chuter Ede, the new Home Secretarv, was Labour member for Surrey (Mitcham Division), in 1923, and for South Shields from 1929 to 1931, and again since 1935. He is an alderman of the Surrey County Council, and assistant secretary of the Surrey County Teachers' Association. Born at Epsom in 1882, he was educated at the Dorking High School and Christ's College, Cambridge. He served during the Great War as a sergeant in the East Surrey Regiment, and in the Royal Engineers. At 12 years of age a mine worker at a Durham colliery, Mr. John James Lawson, the new Minister of War, has been Labour member for the Chester-le-Street Division of Durham since 1919. He was born at Whitehaven in 1881 and received a Board School education. In 1924 he was Financial Secretary to the War Office, and Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Labour from 1929 to 1931. He has been a member of the Imperial War Graves Commission since 1930, and deputyRegional Commissioner of the Civil Defence Northern Region since 1939. Mr. John Wilmot has been member for the Kennington Division of Lambeth since 1939. Previously he was the member for East Fulham from 1933 to 1935. Aged 52, he has been Parliamentarv Private Secretary to the Minister of "Economic Warfare. He has published several papers on financial and political subjects. Labour representative for the Don Valley division of Yorkshire since 1922, Mr. Tom Williams was made Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture in 1939. He was Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Minister of Agriculture in 1924 and Private Secretarv to the Minister of Labour in 1929-31. He is aged 57. Mr. Joseph Westwood, who became the member for Stirling and Falkirk in 1935, was appointed Parliamentary UnderSecretary for State in 1940. Aged 62, he left school at 13, and was a miner until 1916. He was M.P. for Peebles and South Midlothian in 1922-31. He was Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Scotland in 1931.

Mr. J. Philip Noel Baker Tias been the member for Derby since 1936. Born in 1889, he was educated at Cambridge University and served in the last war. He represented Coventry in 1929-31. He was a member of delegations to the League of Nations conferences, and was secretary to the president of the Disarmament Conference in 1932. He lectured at Yale University in 1934. The Secretary of State for India, the Rt. Hon. Frederick William Pethick-Law-rence, was born in 1871 and was educated at Eton and Cambridge. A barrister by profession, he was connected with several Labour newspapers before becoming M.P. for West Leicester in 1923. Since 1935 he has been the member for East Edinburgh. In 1931 he was a member of the India Round Table Conference. Second son of the late Sir John Williams Benn, the Rt. Hon. Viscount Stansgate, D.5.0., aged 67, represented St| George's, Tower Hamlets, as Liberal M.P. from 1906 to 1918, and Leith until 1927. Joining the Labour party he represented North Aberdeen from 1928 to 1931, in which period he was Secretary of State for India. He was created a peer in December, 1941.

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ATTLEE COMPLETES MINISTERIAL POSTS, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 183, 4 August 1945

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