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Who is the education minister of Britain in 2007?

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07/20/2012

Alan Johnson was Secretary of State for Education and Skills in 2007 until June 28th. Subsequently, the Department of Education was abolished and its duties divided between two portfolios.

After June 28th, responsibility for all primary, secondary and academic further education fell to Ed Balls, in his capacity as Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families. University and vocational training became the responsibility of John Denham, as Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills. All three individuals were Labour Party members.

It is worth noting that education is a devolved matter, and thus the British government only takes responsibility for England.

In Scotland, education was the responsibility of Hugh Henry of the Scottish Labour Party in 2007 until May 16th, who served as Minister for Education and Young People. After Labour's defeat in the 2007 Scottish elections, he was replaced by the Scottish National Party's Fiona Hyslop on May 16th, as Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning.

Wales also had devolved education powers from July 19th 2007 onwards. From that date until 2009, Welsh Labour politician Jane Hutt served as Minister for Education and Skills.

When the Northern Irish government was restored on May 8th 2007 for the first time since 2002, Sinn Féin politician Caitríona Ruane was appointed Minister of Education.

As such, there were over a dozen different ministers with responsibility for education across Britain in the year 2007.