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New ministerial appointments at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Ministerial appointments and responsibilities at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) have now been confirmed.

Boris Johnson

Boris Johnson MP

Following the appointment of Boris Johnson MP as Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, the rest of the FCO team of ministers, and their areas of responsibility, have been announced.

Rt Hon Boris Johnson MP

Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

Overall responsibility for the work of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, with particular focus on:

  • Policy Unit
  • Honours
  • intelligence policy
  • cyber-security

Rt Hon Sir Alan Duncan KCMG MP

Minister of State for Europe and the Americas

  • the Americas (including Cuba)
  • Europe (including all parts of the former Soviet Union)
  • NATO and European Security
  • defence and international security
  • the Falklands
  • polar regions
  • migration
  • protocol
  • human resources
  • OSCE and Council of Europe
  • relations with Parliament
  • FCO finance
  • information and technology

Rt Hon Baroness Anelay of St Johns DBE

Minister of State for the Commonwealth and the UN

  • all FCO business in the Lords
  • the Commonwealth (as an institution)
  • Overseas Territories (excluding Falklands, SBAs and Gibraltar)
  • the Caribbean
  • human rights
  • the UN, international organisations, peacekeeping and the International Criminal Court
  • climate change
  • international energy security policy

Tobias Ellwood MP

Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the FCO (Minister for the Middle East and Africa)

  • Middle East
  • Africa
  • Counter Terrorism
  • countering violent extremism
  • consular policy
  • illegal wildlife trade
  • ministerial oversight of FCO Services

Alok Sharma MP

Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the FCO (Minister for Asia and the Pacific)

  • Asia (excluding Central Asia)
  • Australasia and the Pacific
  • communications
  • public diplomacy, Olympics legacy, Chevening and the GREAT campaign
  • economic Diplomacy (including Islamic Finance and the FCO’s Science and Innovation work)
  • estates and security
  • drugs and international crime

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Published 19 July 2016