Ministerial role

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State and Minister for Defence Equipment, Support and Technology (including Defence Exports)

Responsibilities

The minister is responsible for delivering the Equipment Plan, DE&S reform, relations with defence industry and exports to the Gulf.

Priority areas:

  • Defence Reform Bill, including DE&S reform
  • current delivery of the Defence Equipment Plan
  • exports to the Gulf

Other responsibilities include:

  • support the Secretary of State on defence equipment and support agenda
  • UK/France High Level Working Group
  • Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE)
  • Defence Science and Technology (including DSTL)
  • Joint support chain

Current role holder: Philip Dunne MP

In September 2012 Philip Dunne was appointed Minister for Defence Equipment, Support and Technology with responsibility for defence procurement and defence exports. He is the Conservative MP for Ludlow, Shropshire.

Education

Philip studied politics, philosophy and economics at Oxford University.

Political career

After the 2010 election, Philip was appointed Assistant Government Whip, a role he had carried out in opposition. He has been a member of the work and pensions select committee, the public accounts committee and the Treasury select committee.

Career outside politics

Philip spent 20 years in business and investment banking. This included chairmanship of a Venture Capital Trust which invests in entrepreneurial new businesses.

Personal life

He is married with 2 daughters and 2 sons.

Previous holders of this role

  1. Peter Luff MP

    • 2010 to 2012

Announcements

by Parliamentary Under Secretary of State and Minister for Defence Equipment, Support and Technology (including Defence Exports)

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  1. Multi-million-pound investment in Royal Navy missiles

    • 27 March 2014
    • News story
  2. TriStar retires after 30 years' service

    • 25 March 2014
    • News story
  3. £20 million contract for new Royal Navy ships

    • 12 March 2014
    • News story
  4. Army cleared to fly next-generation eye-in-the-sky

    • 5 March 2014
    • News story
  5. International science collaboration agreed

    • 26 February 2014
    • News story
  6. Possible nuclear storage sites

    • 13 February 2014
    • News story
  7. International Armoured Vehicles Conference

    • 7 February 2014
    • Speech
  8. First flight trials of Taranis aircraft

    • 5 February 2014
    • News story
  9. New Army kit helps soldiers see more clearly

    • 17 January 2014
    • News story
  10. Final Type 45 destroyer enters service early

    • 30 December 2013
    • News story

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