Ministerial role

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister for Science, Research and Innovation)

Responsibilities

Responsibilities include:

  • science and research
  • innovation
  • Industrial Strategy delivery
  • sectoral lead:
    • intellectual property
    • maritime
    • space
    • technology

Current role holder

George Freeman MP

George Freeman was a Minister of State at the Department for Transport from 26 July 2019 to 13 February 2020.

He previously served as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Life Sciences at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and the Department of Health from July 2014 until July 2016. He served as Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Minister of State for Climate Change from 2010 to 2011.

He was appointed government adviser on Life Sciences in July 2011, co-ordinating the Government’s Life Science and Innovation, Health and Wealth Strategies (2011), and the Agri-Tech Industrial Strategy (2013). He was appointed the Prime Minister’s UK Trade Envoy in 2013. He was elected Conservative MP for Mid Norfolk in 2010.

Political career

He was elected Conservative MP for Mid Norfolk in 2010.

George served as Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Minister of State for Climate Change from 2010 to 2011. He was appointed government adviser on Life Sciences in July 2011, working closely with the Department of Health and coordinating the Government’s Life Science and Innovation, Health and Wealth Strategies (2011), and the Agri-Tech Industrial Strategy (2013). He was then appointed to the post of Prime Minister’s UK Trade Envoy in 2013.

Career outside politics

Before being elected to Parliament, George had a 15 year career across the life sciences sector. In particular, he worked with hospitals, clinical researchers, patient groups, biomedical research companies - to pioneer novel healthcare innovations.

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Previous holders of this role

  1. Amanda Solloway MP

    2020 to 2021