Ministerial role

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State

Responsibilities

The Northern Ireland Office is responsible for overseeing the Northern Ireland devolution settlement and representing Northern Ireland interests at UK government level and UK government interests in Northern Ireland.

The Parliamentary Under Secretary reports to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland.

Responsibilities are:

  • EU Exit

  • Security-related issues and casework

  • Legacy stakeholder management

  • Parliamentary liaison with Northern Ireland MPs the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee, and other interested parliamentarians

Current role holder: Chloe Smith MP

Chloe Smith was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Northern Ireland and Assistant Government Whip for the House of Commons on 15 June 2017.

She served as Minister for Political and Constitutional Reform from September 2012 until June 2017. She is the Conservative MP for Norwich North.

Education

Chloe studied English at the University of York.

Political career

Chloe was elected MP for Norwich North in July 2009. After joining the ministerial team she served as a government whip, before being appointed Economic Secretary to the Treasury in October 2011.

Career outside politics

Before entering Parliament, Chloe worked for international consultancy firm Deloitte, advising private businesses, government departments and public bodies.

Previous holders of this role

  1. Lord Dunlop

    • 2016 to 2017
  2. The Rt Hon Ben Wallace MP

    • 2015 to 2016
  3. Dr Andrew Murrison

    • 2014 to 2015

Announcements

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  1. Battle of Messines Ridge Centenary

    • Press release
  2. Dunlop sees 'moment of opportunity' for Northern Ireland business

    • Press release
  3. Ten reasons why Northern Ireland is safer, stronger and better off in the EU

    • News story
  4. NI stronger, safer and better off in a reformed EU

    • News story
  5. Wallace - Appointment extension of Chief Electoral Officer for NI

    • Press release
  6. Northern Ireland space firm on a mission

    • News story
  7. Villiers: Situation looks grim

    • News story
  8. Duke of Gloucester visits Northern Ireland

    • News story
  9. First World War & Decade of Centenaries commemorations - Update

    • News story
  10. Dr Murrison address to WW1 ancestors' memories event

    • Speech