Ministerial role

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Scotland


The Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Scotland supports The Secretary of State for Scotland on ministerial matters.

The Parliamentary Under Secretary engages with Scottish stakeholders on a wide range of matters relating to the UK Parliament. They represent Scottish interests on a total of 22 Cabinet committees and subcommittees including the National Economic Council, Domestic Affairs, Life Chances, Constitution and Legislation.

Current role holder: Lord Dunlop

Andrew Dunlop was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Northern Ireland Office on 17 July 2016. He was also appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Scotland Office on 14 May 2015.


Andrew earned BA and MA degrees in Political Science and Government from Edinburgh University.

Political career

In 2012 Andrew became the Prime Minister’s principal adviser within Downing Street on devolved constitutional issues. Earlier in his career he was the head of policy and research for the Scottish Conservative Party, special adviser to the Defence Secretary and a member of the Downing Street Policy Unit.

Career outside politics

Andrew founded and ran his own communications business for over 20 years.

Personal Life

Andrew is married and has three daughters.

Previous holders of this role

  1. The Rt Hon David Mundell

    • 2010 to 2015


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