Ministerial role

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

Responsibilities

Responsible for the Armed Forces Covenant, armed forces recruitment change agenda, legal matters, civilian personnel, cadets, veterans and service families.

Priority areas:

  • The Armed Forces Covenant
  • successful delivery of the armed forces recruitment change agenda
  • reform of the service justice/complaints process

Other responsibilities include:

  • public inquiries, inquests and service inquiries policy and casework
  • service charities
  • climate change, environmental issues and PEX(ER) lead
  • medical services
  • Armed Forces Compensation Scheme
  • MDP, Hydrographic Office, vetting and statistics

Previous holders of this role

  1. Anna Soubry

    • 2013 to 2014
  2. Mark Francois

    • 2012 to 2013
  3. The Rt Hon Andrew Robathan

    • 2010 to 2012

Policies

  1. Armed forces covenant

    • 28 November 2014

Announcements

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  1. 118/2012 - 70th Anniversary of the battle of El Alamein to be commemorated

    • 31 August 2012
    • Announcement
  2. 106/2012 - New Armed Forces pension proposed

    • 31 July 2012
    • Announcement
  3. Extra funding for Armed Forces online mental health network

    • 15 May 2012
    • Announcement
  4. MOD and SEPA agree Dalgety Bay plan

    • 25 April 2012
    • Announcement
  5. Services for personnel and veterans with mental health problems

    • 4 April 2012
    • Announcement
  6. MOD civilian apprentice awards

    • 1 December 2011
    • Speech
  7. Local Government Association conference

    • 1 November 2011
    • Speech
  8. The Confederation of Service Charities (COBSEO) AGM

    • 27 October 2011
    • Speech
  9. Sir Oswald Stoll Foundation: annual general meeting

    • 19 September 2011
    • Speech
  10. Ministry of Defence welfare conference

    • 1 September 2011
    • Speech