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 and Turkey)
  • NATO and European security
  • defence and international security
  • the Falklands
  • polar regions
  • migration
  • protocol
  • human resources
  • OSCE and Council of Europe
  • relations with Parliament
  • Foreign & Commonwealth Office finance
  • knowledge and technology

Current role holder: The Rt Hon Sir Alan Duncan KCMG MP

Sir Alan Duncan was appointed Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on 17 July 2016. He was elected 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

    • 2012 to 2016
  2. Jeremy Browne

    • 2010 to 2012


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  1. Hurricanes Irma and Maria: Sir Alan Duncan on BBC Today programme, 20 September 2017

    • Press release
  2. COBR meeting, 18 September 2017: Sir Alan Duncan's statement on Hurricanes Irma and Maria

    • News story
  3. Minister for Europe delivers key speech at Ukraine conference

    • Press release
  4. UN Security Council agrees UK-led resolution on Colombia

    • Press release
  5. UK Minister for Europe on first visit to Azerbaijan

    • Press release
  6. Hurricane Irma: Sir Alan Duncan's statement, 12 September 2017

    • Speech
  7. Minister for Europe concerned by the conviction and sentencing of Crimean Tatar leader by ‘de-facto’ Russian authorities

    • Press release
  8. Minister for Europe celebrates National Day in Gibraltar

    • Press release
  9. Hurricane Irma: Sir Alan Duncan's statement, 7 September 2017

    • Statement to Parliament
  10. Sir Alan Duncan speaks at the First President Library in Astana

    • Speech