Postmaster General of the United Kingdom
The Postmaster General of the United Kingdom was a Cabinet-level ministerial position in HM Government. Aside from maintaining the postal system, the Telegraph Act 1868 established the Postmaster General's right to exclusively maintain electric telegraphs. This would subsequently extend to telecommunications and broadcasting.
|Postmaster General of the United Kingdom|
|Appointer||Monarch of the United Kingdom on advice of the Prime Minister|
|Precursor||Master of the King's Post|
|First holder||Brian Tuke|
as Master of the King’s Post
|Final holder||John Stonehouse|
|Abolished||1 October 1969|
|Succession||Overseen by the following:|
Department of Trade and Industry
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (1992 – )
The office was abolished in 1969 by the Post Office Act 1969. A replacement public corporation, governed by a chairman, was established under the name of the Post Office (later subsumed by Royal Mail Group). The cabinet position of Postmaster General was replaced by a Minister of Posts and Telecommunications, with reduced powers, until 1974; most regulatory functions have now been delegated to the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. However the present-day Royal Mail Group was overseen by the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy prior to flotation.