Ministerial role

Secretary of State for Defence

Responsibilities

The Secretary of State for Defence has overall responsibility for the business of the department providing strategic direction on policy, operations, acquisition and personnel matters, including:

  • operational strategy, including as a member of the National Security Council
  • defence planning, programme and resource allocation
  • international relations including lead for US, France and Saudi Arabia
  • defence exports policy, including as chair of the cross-Government Exports Working Group
  • nuclear programme
  • communications

Current role holder: Michael Fallon

Michael Fallon was elected Conservative MP for Sevenoaks, Kent in 1997.

Education

Michael was educated at Epsom College and the University of St Andrews.

Political career

Michael was MP for Darlington from 1983 to 1992. He was a minister in the Department for Education and Science from 1990 to 1992. More recently he has held positions on the Treasury Select Committee and was Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Party. He was appointed Minister for Business and Enterprise in September 2012 and Minister of State for Energy in March 2013. In 2014 he also became Minister for Portsmouth. He was appointed Defence Secretary on 15 July 2014.

Career outside politics

Michael is a former director of Bannatyne Fitness Ltd (fitness clubs), Quality Care Homes plc (nursing homes), Just Learning Ltd (nurseries), Attendo AB (Scandinavian social and health care) and Tullett Prebon plc (inter-dealing broking).

Personal life

Michael is married and has 2 children.

Previous holders of this role

  1. The Rt Hon Philip Hammond

    • 2011 to 2014
  2. The Rt Hon Liam Fox

    • 2010 to 2011

Policies

  1. Armed forces support for activities in the UK

    • 21 May 2013
  2. Nuclear disarmament

    • 25 March 2013
  3. International defence commitments

    • 12 December 2012
  4. UK nuclear deterrent

    • 12 December 2012

Announcements

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  1. Veterans given special invitation to VE Day 70th anniversary celebrations

    • 1 April 2015
    • Press release
  2. RFA Argus honoured as she completes Sierra Leone deployment

    • 27 March 2015
    • News story
  3. Defence Secretary discusses regional defence on Romania visit

    • 24 March 2015
    • News story
  4. USS Theodore Roosevelt calls into Portsmouth

    • 22 March 2015
    • News story
  5. RAF carries UK aid to cyclone-hit Vanuatu

    • 16 March 2015
    • News story
  6. Victory in Europe (VE) Day celebrations

    • 15 March 2015
    • Press release
  7. UK Defence Secretary reaffirms support to NATO with Secretary-General

    • 13 March 2015
    • News story
  8. UK agrees closer working on NATO military exercises

    • 13 March 2015
    • News story
  9. 13 years of UK military operations in Afghanistan commemorated

    • 13 March 2015
    • News story
  10. In defence of a rules based order: transatlantic security co-operation in a dangerous world

    • 12 March 2015
    • Speech