Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister for Defence Procurement)

James Heappey MP


James Heappey was elected as the Member of Parliament for the Wells Constituency in May 2015.

Before entering politics, James served in the Army reaching the rank of Major. In a 10 year career in the Rifles, James served on operations in Kabul in 2005, Northern Ireland in 2006, Basra in 2007 and Sangin in Helmand Province in 2009. He also served in Kenya and across the United Kingdom.

James was appointed Minister for Defence Procurement on 16 December 2019, having previously served as Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Prime Minister.

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister for Defence Procurement)

The Minister for Defence Procurement is responsible for the Defence Equipment Plan, relations with defence industry and exports, science and technology.

Responsibilities include:

  • delivery of the Equipment Plan
  • nuclear enterprise
  • Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) reform
  • defence exports
  • innovation
  • defence science and technology including Dstl
  • information computer technology
  • the Single Source Regulations Office (SSRO)
  • DIO estates and investment
  • environment and sustainability

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