Ministerial role

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Scotland

Responsibilities

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: Andrew Dunlop

Andrew Dunlop was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Scotland Office on 14 May 2015.

Education

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 twenty years.

Personal Life

Andrew is married and has three daughters.

Previous holders of this role

  1. The Rt Hon David Mundell

    • 2010 to 2015

Announcements

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  1. UK Minister: Scottish charities ‘on front line of fight against global poverty’

    • 26 February 2015
    • Press release
  2. Joint ministerial working group on welfare

    • 11 February 2015
    • News story
  3. Mundell welcomes business survey

    • 15 January 2015
    • News story
  4. More encouraging economic news for Scotland

    • 12 January 2015
    • News story
  5. Scotland to shine across Heathrow

    • 15 December 2014
    • News story
  6. Flying high to the US

    • 20 November 2014
    • News story
  7. Number of Scottish workless households falls

    • 29 October 2014
    • News story
  8. Further evidence that long term economic plan is working

    • 20 October 2014
    • News story
  9. Dundee benefiting from UK Government investment

    • 2 July 2014
    • News story
  10. UK Government cash for Armed Forces Day

    • 9 June 2014
    • News story