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:

  • Caribbean and Caribbean Development Bank
  • inclusive societies (civil society, LGBT, faith, disability, youth, ageing and engagement)
  • international relations (Europe, United Nations and Commonwealth, global partnerships)
  • finance and corporate performance, including transparency
  • all departmental business in the Lords.

Previous holders of this role

  1. Baroness Verma

    • 2015 to 2016
  2. Baroness Northover

    • 2014 to 2015
  3. The Rt Hon Lynne Featherstone

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

    • 2010 to 2012


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