Ministerial role

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State and Minister for Defence Procurement

Responsibilities

The Parliamentary Under Secretary of State is responsible for the Equipment Plan, defence industry and exports, science and technology including:

  • Equipment Plan delivery
  • the nuclear enterprise
  • DE&S reform
  • defence exports
  • innovation
  • science and technology including Dstl
  • information computer technology
  • the Gulf and Asia Pacific
  • Scotland and Wales
  • the Single Source Regulations Office (SSRO)

Current role holder: Harriett Baldwin MP

Harriett Baldwin was appointed as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Ministry of Defence on 17 July 2016. She was elected as the MP for West Worcestershire in May 2010, where she has lived since 2006.

Political career

Harriett was appointed to become the Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to Russia before joining the government in February 2014 as Assistant Government Whip. She was promoted to Lord Commissioner in July 2014 and served in that post until May 2015. Harriett served as Economic Secretary to the Treasury (City Minister) from May 2015 until July 2016.

Career outside politics

Harriett has enjoyed a successful 20 year career in finance, specialising in currency markets for pension funds. She was also on the National Council of Business for Sterling.

Personal life.

Harriett is married to Jim Baldwin, a businessman and television producer. Together they have two daughters and a son.

Previous holders of this role

  1. Philip Dunne MP

    • 2015 to 2016

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  1. MOD signs £146 million contract to upgrade RAF’s long-range missile

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  2. Welsh company wins £82M contract on global stage

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  3. UK Defence companies step up globally at Aero India 2017

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  4. Minister Harriett Baldwin's address to the Make In India Conference

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  5. MOD builds links with SMEs in North East

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  6. Defence Minister visits a hub for Queen Elizabeth Class Carrier Programme

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  7. MOD partners with industry to promote UK prosperity

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  8. UK and US strengthen maritime aviation cooperation

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  9. Crowsnest helicopter surveillance deal to protect carriers sustains 200 high-skilled UK jobs

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  10. UK Innovation: Laser Weapon Contract Awarded

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