Ministerial role

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


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 MP

    • 2015 to 2017
  2. The Rt Hon Anna Soubry

    • 2013 to 2014
  3. The Rt Hon Mark Francois

    • 2012 to 2013
  4. The Rt Hon Andrew Robathan

    • 2010 to 2012


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