Secretary of State for Defence

The Rt Hon Gavin Williamson CBE MP

Biography

The Rt Hon Gavin Williamson CBE MP was appointed Secretary of State for Defence on 2 November 2017. He was Chief Whip (Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury) from 14 July 2016 to 2 November 2017.

He was elected Conservative MP for South Staffordshire in May 2010.

Secretary of State for Defence

The Secretary of State for Defence has overall responsibility for the business of the department including:

  • strategic operations and operational strategy, including membership of the National Security Council
  • defence planning, programme and resource allocation
  • strategic international partnerships: US, France, Germany, Saudi Arabia, NATO
  • nuclear operations, policy and organisations
  • strategic communications

Previous roles in government

  1. Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury (Chief Whip)

    • 2016 to 2017

Announcements

  1. Typhoons launch with new missile
  2. Defence Secretary says DASA is ‘shining example’ of defence innovation
  3. Defence Secretary announces £400m investment for nuclear-armed submarines
  4. UK-US defence partnership to reach new heights in years ahead
  5. New military chiefs appointed
  6. Defence Secretary announces new additions to Innovation Panel
  7. Small businesses behind Defence’s biggest projects recognised
  8. New frigate named HMS Edinburgh
  9. Update: air strikes against Daesh
  10. Operational Honours and Awards list November 2018