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
  • civil society
  • corporate performance
  • Europe
  • United Nations and Commonwealth
  • all departmental business in the House of Lords

Current role holder: Baroness Verma

Baroness Verma was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for International Development on 13 May 2015. She is a Conservative member of the House of Lords.


Baroness Verma attended local schools and university in Leicester.

Political career

In 2006 she was raised to the peerage as Baroness Verma of Leicester in the County of Leicestershire. She was Opposition Whip from 2006 to 2010 and then Government Whip following the 2010 general election.

Prior to becoming Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for DECC, Baroness Verma was Spokesperson for Cabinet Office, International Development, Women and Equalities and Business Innovation and Skills.

Career outside politics

Baroness Verma started her first business at the age of 19 in high fashion, supplying high street multiples. In 2000 she changed her business to the service sector.

Personal life

Baroness Verma was born in Punjab, India, and moved to the UK with her parents when she was 1 year old. She lives in Leicester with her husband and has a daughter and a son.

Previous holders of this role

  1. Baroness Northover

    • 2014 to 2015
  2. The Rt Hon Lynne Featherstone

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

    • 2010 to 2012


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    • 3 June 2015
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  2. DFID welcomes new ministerial team

    • 13 May 2015
    • Press release
  3. Oxford University and UK Government to lead research to improve global water supply

    • 20 March 2015
    • Press release
  4. UK ministers: Scotland can be proud of UK Ebola fight

    • 16 March 2015
    • Press release
  5. "All women have the right to live free from discrimination and violence."

    • 11 March 2015
    • Speech
  6. UK statement at the Commission on the Status of Women

    • 11 March 2015
    • Speech
  7. Minister visits Manchester to thank UK Ebola workers

    • 6 March 2015
    • Press release
  8. Minister praises Leeds-based FGM campaigners

    • 6 March 2015
    • Press release
  9. Minister praises University of Cambridge’s global poverty research

    • 23 February 2015
    • Press release
  10. African communities called on to end FGM in a generation

    • 6 February 2015
    • Press release