Ministerial role

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for International Development


The Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (PUSS) is a junior ministerial role at the Department for International Development. The PUSS is responsible for steering and monitoring the performance and delivery of DFID’s work in the following areas:

  • Africa: Africa Regional; DRC; Ethiopia; Ghana; Kenya; Liberia; Malawi; Mozambique; Nigeria; Rwanda; Sahel; Sierra Leone; Somalia; Southern Africa; South Sudan; Sudan; Tanzania; Uganda; Zambia; Zimbabwe
  • Emerging Policy, Innovation, and Capability
  • Research
  • Human Development
  • Global Funds
  • Climate and Environment
  • Inclusive Societies: disability; ageing; faith; LGBT; VAWG – ensuring consistency with his wider portfolio
  • Corporate Performance within his areas of responsibility

Previous holders of this role

  1. James Wharton

    • 2016 to 2017
  2. Baroness Verma

    • 2015 to 2016
  3. Baroness Northover

    • 2014 to 2015
  4. The Rt Hon Lynne Featherstone

    • 2012 to 2014
  5. The Rt Hon Stephen O’Brien

    • 2010 to 2012


Get updates to this list email feed

Copy and paste this URL in to your feed reader

  1. Minister Wharton: UK will stand by people of Ethiopia affected by severe drought

    • News story
  2. UK Government calls for the release of all abducted by Boko Haram

    • Press release
  3. Minister Wharton reinforces UK support for refugees in Uganda

    • News story
  4. Minister Wharton emphasises need for peace in South Sudan

    • News story
  5. DFID celebrates London Pride 2016

    • News story
  6. FCO and DFID Ministers mark London Pride

    • Press release
  7. "10 million new births registered means an additional 10 million children relying on UNICEF. UNICEF cannot and must not lose momentum."

    • Speech
  8. UK leads new approach to prevent and respond to crises at the first-ever World Humanitarian Summit

    • News story
  9. DFID flies the rainbow flag

    • News story
  10. Building peace and preventing conflict to deliver on the Agenda 2030 promises

    • Speech