Ministerial role

Minister of State at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office


The minister is based at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and is responsible for:

  • Far East and South East Asia
  • India, Nepal, Sri Lanka and The Maldives
  • Latin America (including: Dominican Republic, Haiti and Cuba)
  • Falklands
  • Australasia and Pacific
  • Commonwealth
  • Public diplomacy and the GREAT campaign
  • Prosperity work, including the FCO’s relations with British business, in support of Lord Green

Current role holder: The Rt Hon Hugo Swire MP

Hugo Swire was appointed Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on 4 September 2012.

Political career

Hugo Swire was elected as the Conservative Member of Parliament for East Devon in June 2001. He served in David Cameron’s first Shadow Cabinet as the Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport between 2005 and 2007. He was appointed Minister of State for Northern Ireland in the coalition Government in May 2010. In 2011, Mr Swire was sworn in as a member of the Privy Council. His party and parliamentary roles prior to this included: Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to Rt Hon Theresa May MP in her role as chairman of the Conservative Party in 2003; Opposition Whip between 2003 and 2004; and Shadow Minister for the Arts between 2004 and 2005.

Hugo Swire was a member of the Northern Ireland Affairs Select Committee between 2002 and 2005, and Chairman of the Speakers’ Advisory Committee on Works of Art between 2005 and 2010. He was previously a member of a number of All-Party Parliamentary Groups and Chairman of the Conservative Middle East Council.

Previous holders of this role

  1. Jeremy Browne MP

    • 2010 to 2012


under the responsibility of The Rt Hon Hugo Swire MP as Minister of State at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office

  1. Supporting the Falkland Islanders’ right to self-determination

    • 12 March 2013
  2. Strengthening UK relationships in Asia, Latin America and Africa to support UK prosperity and security

    • 31 October 2012


by Minister of State at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office

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    • 8 April 2014
    • Statement to Parliament
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    • 7 April 2014
    • Press release
  3. FCO Minister welcomes news of Fijian election

    • 4 April 2014
    • Press release
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    • 31 March 2014
    • Statement to Parliament
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    • 28 March 2014
    • Press release
  6. UK concerned at DPRK missile launch

    • 26 March 2014
    • Press release
  7. Foreign Office Minister urges dialogue in Venezuela

    • 26 March 2014
    • Press release
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    • 18 March 2014
    • News story
  9. UK condemns arrests in Sri Lanka

    • 18 March 2014
    • Press release
  10. FCO Minister welcomes report on human rights in Burma

    • 17 March 2014
    • Press release

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