Ministerial role

Minister of State for International Development


The Minister of State represents DFID in the House of Commons.

The Minister currently leads on the following areas within DFID:

  • Middle East and North Africa: Iraq; Jordan; Lebanon; Libya; OPTs; Syria; Yemen
  • Conflict Humanitarian and Security Department
  • Western Asia: Pakistan; Afghanistan
  • Asia: Asia Regional, Bangladesh, Burma, Nepal, Indonesia, India, China
  • Ukraine, the Good Governance Fund
  • Central Asia: Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan
  • Supporting Secretary of State on Economic Development, International Finance Institutions, on relevant regional development banks and with Prosperity Fund (as minister on the board) and International Trade
  • Governance, Open Societies, and Anti-Corruption
  • Corporate Performance (DFID wide): HR, Recruitment, Finance, Commercial, Group Operations, Business Solutions; as well as within own areas of responsibility
  • Parliamentary champion and House of Commons relations (including IDC, NAO, PAC and ICAI) *Scotland engagement and lead Abercrombie House Minister

Current role holder: Rory Stewart OBE

Rory Stewart was appointed Minister of State at the Department for International Development on 17 July 2016. He was elected the Conservative MP for Penrith and The Border in May 2010.

Political Career

Rory served as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) from May 2015 until July 2016.

Previous holders of this role

  1. The Rt Hon Sir Desmond Swayne TD

    • 2014 to 2016
  2. The Rt Hon Sir Alan Duncan

    • 2010 to 2014


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