Ministerial role

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State and Minister for International Security Strategy

Organisations: Ministry of Defence


The minister is responsible for international defence engagement, defence export campaigns outside the Gulf, Defence Infrastructure Organisation, including delivery of the basing strategy, and Scotland.

Priority areas:

  • Defence Engagement Strategy
  • defence infrastructure and delivery of the basing strategy
  • Scotland

Other responsibilities include:

  • defence export campaigns outside the Gulf
  • NATO transformation and reform
  • EU relations
  • counter-proliferation, arms control and disarmament
  • information management
  • Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR) preparation
  • asset disposal, including PEX(A) lead

Also: Prime Minister’s Special Representative for centenary commemoration of World War 1.

Previous holders of this role

  1. The Rt Hon Dr Andrew Murrison MP

    2012 to 2014

  2. Gerald Howarth

    2010 to 2012


  1. Future plans for Dalgety Bay
  2. MOD identifies future strategic trends
  3. UK increases military support in Bosnia
  4. Armed forces training gets £250 million boost
  5. Disused tube station sells for £53 million
  6. Work begins on defence training college
  7. Defence minister visits cadets in Scotland
  8. HMS Richmond hosts Anglo-Colombian conference
  9. HMS Montrose to assist in removal of chemical stocks from Syria
  10. £51 million contract for new troops' homes