Ministerial role

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State and Minister for Defence Veterans, Reserves and Personnel

Organisations: Ministry of Defence


The minister is responsible for personnel, reserves, veterans and service families including:

  • civilian and service personnel policy
  • reserves and cadets
  • the Armed Forces Covenant
  • veterans and service families
  • armed forces pay and pensions
  • the New Employment Model
  • equality, diversity and inclusion
  • non-operational public inquiries, inquests and compensation
  • non-operational safety and security
  • medical services
  • DIO and the defence estate including land sales

Previous holders of this role

  1. The Rt Hon Mark Lancaster TD

    2015 to 2017

  2. The Rt Hon Anna Soubry

    2013 to 2014

  3. The Rt Hon Mark Francois MP

    2012 to 2013

  4. The Rt Hon Andrew Robathan

    2010 to 2012


  1. Improved mail service ensures loved ones can stay in touch
  2. Broadband providers drop cancellation fees for Armed Forces personnel
  3. Defence Minister and Prince Harry celebrate 200 year relationship with Nepal
  4. Defence Minister launches new Army apprentice awards
  5. Queens Park Rangers sign the Armed Forces Covenant
  6. Thousands of students will benefit from new cadet units backed by £50 million Government plan
  7. X-Forces strengthens Covenant commitment to create more business success stories
  8. Covenant means coding careers for military community as Amazon Web Services sign up
  9. Boxing Day deal on mortgages for Armed Forces
  10. Mosque signing paves way for Muslim-owned businesses to support Armed Forces