Minister of State for Defence Procurement

Philip Dunne MP


Philip Dunne was appointed Minister of State for Defence Procurement at the Ministry of Defence on 11 May 2015, having previously served as Minister for Defence, Equipment, Support and Technology, since 6 September 2012.

Philip was elected Conservative MP for Ludlow, Shropshire in 2005.


He studied politics, philosophy and economics at Keble College, Oxford University.

Political career

After the 2010 election, Philip was appointed Assistant Government Whip, a role he had carried out in Opposition. He has been a member of the work and pensions select committee, the public accounts committee and the Treasury select committee. In September 2012 he was appointed a Parliamentary Under Secretary of State as Minister for Defence Equipment, Support and Technology, with responsibility for defence procurement and defence exports.

Career outside politics

Before coming involved in politics, Philip spent over 20 years in business and investment banking, working in New York and Hong Kong. He also co-founded the Ottakar’s bookshop retail business, which he helped to run for 18 years. He has had responsibility for his family farm since 1987.

Personal life

He is married with 2 daughters and 2 sons.

Minister of State for Defence Procurement

The minister is responsible for the procurement and support of equipment, and science and technology domains within the Ministry of Defence (MOD). He has ministerial responsibility for Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S), the entity within the MOD that employs over 12,000 civil servants and military personnel to deliver the entirety of defence’s equipment capabilities.

The minister oversees delivery of the Defence Equipment Plan, a £160 billion, 10 year strategic plan to deliver cutting edge equipment and services which enable the Royal Navy, British Army and Royal Air Force to operate effectively.

Responsible management of the defence budget enables the minister to oversee some £20 billion of defence expenditure per year, which currently accounts for over 40% of the government’s direct procurement with the private sector, demonstrating the contribution and significance of defence to the UK economy.

The minister’s key portfolio interests are:

  • supporting the Secretary of State for Defence on SDSR
  • DE&S reform
  • delivery of the Defence Equipment Plan
  • nuclear enterprise
  • defence exports
  • defence information systems and services
  • defence science, technology and innovation, including the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl)
  • defence relations with the Gulf and Asia
  • relations with defence industry
  • asset disposal

The minister is a member of the Defence Board.

Previous roles in government

  1. Parliamentary Under Secretary of State and Minister for Defence Equipment, Support and Technology (including Defence Exports)

    • 2012 to 2015


  1. Armed forces and Ministry of Defence reform


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