Ministerial role

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State and the Lords Spokesman on Defence

Responsibilities

Responsible for protocol, ceremonial, commemorative issues and spokesman in the House of Lords on all defence matters

Priority areas:

  • delivering the government’s defence agenda in the House of Lords
  • taking the Defence Reform Bill through the Lords
  • engagement with retired senior defence personnel

Other responsibilities include:

  • protocol, ceremonial, commemorative issues and medals
  • support to defence export campaigns

Current role holder: Lord Astor of Hever DL

Lord Astor was appointed Under Secretary of State and the Lords Spokesman on Defence in 2003. He is a Conservative member of the House of Lords.

Education

Lord Astor was educated at Eton.

Political career

In 1994 Lord Astor was a British parliamentary observer in Johannesburg during the South African general election. He was a member of the Executive Association of Conservative Peers from 1996 to 1998.

From 1998 to 2001, he served as Opposition Spokesman on Social Security and for a further 2 years as Health Spokesman. He also served as Opposition Spokesman for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs and International Development from 2001, and from 2003 as Defence Spokesman.

He was elected an hereditary peer in 1999.

Career outside politics

Lord Astor served in The Life Guards from 1965 to 1970. He was Honorary Colonel of 101 (City of London) Engineer Regiment from 2005 to 2010. He worked in France for 11 years and is patron of the Conservatives in Paris.

He is also president of The Life Guards Regimental Council, the Douglas Haig Fellowship, the Durand Group, which restores First World War tunnels and trenches, and a trustee of the Astor of Hever Trust.

Personal life

Lord Astor is a Deputy Lieutenant of Kent. He is married with a son and 4 daughters and has a farm in Kent.

Policies

under the responsibility of Lord Astor of Hever DL as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State and the Lords Spokesman on Defence

  1. Providing versatile, agile and battle-winning armed forces and a smaller, more professional Ministry of Defence

    • 20 June 2013

Announcements

by Parliamentary Under Secretary of State and the Lords Spokesman on Defence

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  1. Libor funds to help Scottish veterans

    • 21 March 2014
    • News story
  2. Over 6,000 Second World War heroes recognised

    • 15 November 2013
    • News story
  3. Hot summer deals for forces' families

    • 29 July 2013
    • News story
  4. Royal Navy returns to Glasgow after 20-year absence

    • 22 April 2013
    • News story
  5. 2012/10/02 - Norwegian Army Conference

    • 2 October 2012
    • Speech
  6. 2012/03/22 - The Maritime Security Challenge

    • 22 March 2012
    • Speech
  7. 2011/11/25 - Sultan [of Oman]’s Armed Forces Association Annual Dinner

    • 25 November 2011
    • Speech
  8. Armed Forces Parliamentary Scheme

    • 7 November 2011
    • Speech
  9. Wolfe Society dinner

    • 3 November 2011
    • Speech
  10. 2011/06/25 - Armed Forces Day

    • 25 June 2011
    • Speech

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