Ministerial role

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Innovation


The Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Innovation leads on the following policy areas:

  • life sciences
  • medicines
  • research
  • anti-microbial resistance
  • global health security
  • international diplomacy and relations
  • data and technology
  • rare diseases
  • NHS security management, including cyber security
  • blood and transplants and organ donation

Sponsorship of:

  • NHS Blood and Transplant
  • The Human Tissue Authority
  • The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority
  • The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency
  • The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence
  • NHS Digital
  • Health Research Authority
  • NHSX
  • NHS Business Services Authority

Current role holder

Lord Bethell of Romford

Lord Bethell of Romford was appointed as a Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department of Health and Social Care on 9 March 2020. He was previously a Government Whip (Lord in Waiting) from July 2019 to March 2020.

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