Ministerial role

Minister of State

Organisations: Ministry of Defence


Spokesperson in the House of Lords on all defence matters, responsible for corporate governance, international arms control and counter-proliferation, European Union (EU) and Asia/Far East defence engagement.

Responsibilities include:

  • Indo-Asia Pacific
  • Europe (multinational)
  • Devolution and Levelling Up
  • Arms Control and Counter-Proliferation
  • Health & Safety including Defence Safety Authority
  • Climate Change and Sustainability
  • Defence Transformation
  • UK Hydrographic Office
  • National Shipbuilding Strategy
  • Security and Resilience
  • Export licensing
  • Shipwrecks, Museums, Heritage and Ceremonial duties
  • Honours, Awards and Medallic recognition
  • Ministry of Defence Police
  • Defence Medical Services
  • Defence Fire and Rescue

Previous holders of this role

  1. Baroness Goldie DL

    2019 to 2023

  2. The Rt Hon Earl Howe GBE

    2015 to 2019

  3. Lord Astor of Hever DL

    2010 to 2015