Ministers of HM Government

How to Address the Prime Minister

Beginning of letter Dear Mr Berkeley (or Dear Prime Minister)
End of letter Yours sincerely
Envelope The Rt Hon Charles Berkeley, MP, The Prime Minister

 

How to Address Ministers of HM Government

The recommended social style of address is by job title, as follows:

Beginning of letter* Dear Lord Chancellor
  Dear Lord Privy Seal
  Dear Chancellor
  Dear Minister (or by name)
  Dear Lord President (of the Council)
  Dear President (of the Board of Trade)
  Dear Home Secretary
  Dear Foreign Secretary
  Dear Attorney General
  Dear Lord Advocate
  Dear Chief Secretary
  Dear Under-Secretary
Envelope The Rt Hon Timothy Curzon, MP,
Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs
Verbal address By appointment or name
Description in conversation The Secretary of State for the X or by name

*This form is not used when the name of the appointment is too cumbersome (eg Dear Permanent Under-Secretary). In such a case it is advisable to write to the person by name.

 

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