Ministerial role

Minister of State for Europe and the Americas at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office


Responsibilities include:

  • the Americas (including Cuba)
  • Europe (including all parts of the former Soviet Union)
  • NATO and European security
  • defence and international security
  • the Falklands
  • polar regions
  • migration
  • protocol
  • human resources
  • OSCE and Council of Europe
  • relations with Parliament
  • FCO finance
  • information and technology

Current role holder: The Rt Hon Sir Alan Duncan MP

Sir Alan Duncan was appointed Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on 17 July 2016. He has been the Conservative MP for Rutland and Melton since 1992.


Alan attended Beechwood Park School in Hertfordshire and Merchant Taylors’ School before going on to study politics and economics at St John’s College, Oxford from 1976 to 1979, where he was elected President of the Oxford Union.

He then went on to win a Kennedy Scholarship at Harvard University, where he studied from 1981 to 1982.

Political career

He previously served as Minister of State for International Development from 2010 to 2014. He held a number of roles in the Shadow Cabinet before being appointed to his International Development position.

His roles have included:

  • Shadow Health Minister
  • Shadow Minister for Trade and Industry
  • Shadow Foreign Minister
  • Shadow Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs
  • Shadow Secretary for International Development
  • Shadow Secretary of State for Transport
  • Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform
  • Shadow Leader of the House of Commons
  • Shadow Minster for Prisons and Probation

Career outside politics

After graduating from Oxford, Alan worked with Shell International between 1979 and 1981, and then as an oil trader for Marc Rich and Co from 1982 to 1988.

Between 1988 and 1992, he was an independent consultant and adviser to foreign governments, specialising in oil supplies, shipping and refining.

In 1989, he set up the independent Harcourt Consultants to advise on oil and gas matters, and has specialised in The Middle East for 30 years.

Previous holders of this role

  1. The Rt Hon Hugo Swire MP

    • 2012 to 2016
  2. Jeremy Browne

    • 2010 to 2012


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  1. Minister for Europe visits Turkey

    • Press release
  2. Minister for Europe statement on elections in Georgia

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  3. Minister for Europe on first official visit to Greece

    • Press release
  4. UK and Argentina agree joint statement on areas of mutual cooperation

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  5. Sir Alan Duncan speech on 'Britain in the world'

    • Speech
  6. Minister Duncan's Our Ocean Conference speech

    • Speech
  7. UK set to protect 4 million square kilometres of ocean

    • Press release
  8. UK pledges £20m for landmine clearance from the Falkland Islands

    • News story
  9. Foreign Office Minister Sir Alan Duncan arrives in Argentina for bilateral talks

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  10. Minister for Europe on first official visit to Cyprus

    • Press release