Ministerial role

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Youth Justice, Victims, Female Offenders and Offender Health


The Parliamentary Under Secretary of State is responsible for

  • victims and witnesses policy (including sponsorship of the Criminal Cases Review Commission and CICA)
  • chair of the Victims Panel
  • miscarriages of justice
  • offender health and mental health
  • mental capacity including sponsorship of the Office of the Public Guardian
  • substance misuse
  • Taylor Review of youth justice
  • youth custodial estate
  • Youth Justice Board
  • youth sentencing
  • female offenders
  • coroners, burials, cremation and inquiries policy
  • family law, family justice and mediation, including Cafcass
  • veterans
  • restorative justice
  • devolution deals
  • devolved administrations
  • Lammy Review of race in the criminal justice system
  • sponsorship of the Official Solicitor

Current role holder: Dr Phillip Lee

Dr Phillip Lee was appointed Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Ministry of Justice in July 2016. He was elected the Member of Parliament for Bracknell in May 2010 and re-elected in May 2015.


Phillip was educated at his local state grammar school, Sir William Borlase’s Grammar School. He then went on to study Human Biology and Biological Anthropology at King’s College London and Keble College, Oxford, where his research interests included the psychodynamics of anti-Semitism, the psychology of the child sex offender, the influence of the pre-natal environment on adult disease and infertility clinic outcomes. He went on to study medicine at Imperial College London and qualified as a doctor in 1999.

Political career

Phillip has served as Vice Chair of the Parliamentary Space Committee for six years and was a member of the Energy and Climate Change Select Committee for the duration of the previous Parliament. He has also served on the Medical Panel of the Parliamentary Estate and the Parliamentary Office of Science & Technology.

Career outside politics

After medical school, Phillip worked as a junior hospital doctor at a number of hospitals, including Heatherwood & Wexham Park, Stoke Mandeville and St Mary’s, Paddington. He then worked as a General Practitioner for over a decade in Berkshire and Buckinghamshire, and continues to practice part time as a GP in the area.


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