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Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Armed Forces
Royal Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom (HM Government).svg
Royal Arms as used by Her Majesty's Government
Ministry of Defence
Official portrait of James Heappey MP crop 2.jpg
Incumbent
James Heappey

since 13 February 2020
Ministry of Defence
Member of Defence Council
Admiralty Board
Army Board
Air Force Board
Reports to Secretary of State for Defence
Nominator Secretary of State for Defence
Appointer Prime Minister
Subject to formal approval by the Queen-in-Council
Term length No fixed term
Inaugural holder Peter Blaker
Formation 1981
Website www.mod.uk

The Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Armed Forces, formerly of Minister of State rank, is a ministerial position, subordinate to the Secretary of State for Defence, at the Ministry of Defence in Her Majesty's Government.

Role[edit | edit source]

The responsibilities of the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Armed Forces are:

  • Operations and operational legal policy
  • Brexit no deal planning
  • Force generation (including exercises)
  • Military recruitment and retention policy (regulars and reserves)
  • Cyber
  • Permanent Joint Operating bases
  • International defence engagement strategy
  • Lead for defence engagement in Africa and Latin America
  • Human security
  • Operational public inquiries, inquests
  • Youth and cadets
  • Commemorations, ceremonial duties, medallic recognition and protocol policy and casework

List of Ministers of State for the Armed Forces[edit | edit source]

Colour key (for political parties):
      Conservative       Labour       Liberal Democrats

Name Portrait Term of office Political party Prime Minister Defence Secretary
Peter Blaker 29 May 1981 13 June 1983 Conservative Thatcher Nott
Heseltine
John Stanley No image.svg 13 June 1983 13 June 1987
Younger
Ian Stewart No image.svg 13 June 1987 25 July 1988
Archie Hamilton Official portrait of Lord Hamilton of Epsom crop 2.jpg 25 July 1988 27 May 1993
King
Conservative Major Rifkind
Jeremy Hanley No image.svg 27 May 1993 14 June 1994
Nicholas Soames Official portrait of Sir Nicholas Soames crop 2.jpg 14 June 1994 2 May 1997
Portillo
John Reid ReidTaormina crop.jpg 2 May 1997 27 July 1998 Labour Blair Robertson
Doug Henderson No image.svg 27 July 1998 29 July 1999
John Spellar Official portrait of John Spellar crop 2.jpg 29 July 1999 7 June 2001 Hoon
Adam Ingram No image.svg 7 June 2001 29 June 2007
Reid
Browne
Bob Ainsworth Bob Ainsworth cropped.jpg 29 June 2007 5 May 2009 Labour Brown
Hutton
Bill Rammell Bill Rammell.jpg 5 May 2009 11 May 2010 Ainsworth
Nick Harvey Nick Harvey, Minister of State for Armed Forces.jpg 13 May 2010 4 September 2012 Liberal Democrats Cameron
(Coalition)
Fox
Hammond
Andrew Robathan Andrew Robathan, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the MOD.jpg 4 September 2012 7 October 2013 Conservative
Mark Francois Official portrait of Mr Mark Francois crop 2.jpg 7 October 2013 11 May 2015
Fallon
Penny Mordaunt Official portrait of Penny Mordaunt crop 2.jpg 11 May 2015 15 July 2016 Cameron
(II)
Mike Penning Official portrait of Mike Penning crop 2.jpg 15 July 2016 12 June 2017 May
Mark Lancaster 60px 12 July 2017 16 December 2019
Williamson
Mordaunt
Johnson Wallace
Anne-Marie Trevelyan Official portrait of Mrs Anne-Marie Trevelyan crop 2.jpg 16 December 2019 13 February 2020

List of Parliamentary Under Secretaries of State for the Armed Forces[edit | edit source]

Colour key (for political parties):
      Conservative       Labour       Liberal Democrats

Name Portrait Term of office Political party Prime Minister Defence Secretary
James Heappey Official portrait of James Heappey MP crop 2.jpg 13 February 2020 Incumbent Conservative Johnson Wallace

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