Minister for Defence Procurement

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The Minister for Defence Procurement is a junior Defence minister in the Ministry of Defence of the British Government. The current incumbent of the post is Conservative MP, Harriett Baldwin.

Origins[edit]

This ministerial post derives from that of two posts; the procurement aspects of this post were the responsibility of the Minister of Defence Procurement (either a Minister of State or the more junior, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State), while still the defence logistic aspects were the brief of the Minister of State for the Armed Forces.

This post was created in 2007 to reflect the establishment of the Defence Equipment and Support organisation of the UK Ministry of Defence. Lord Drayson was appointed as its first incumbent.[1] Whilst Lord Drayson held the role as a Minister of State, all of his successors have been Parliamentary Under-Secretaries, the most junior ministerial rank in the British Government.

The post was retitled in 2010 as Minister for Defence Equipment, Support and Technology. The current title of the post is unclear as it has been announced as both Minister for Defence Procurement[2] and Minister for Defence Equipment, Technology and Support.[3]

Responsibilities[edit]

The Minister is responsible for:

Ministers of Defence for Equipment, 1967–1970[edit]

Name Portrait Entered office Left office Political party
Roy Mason 7 January 1967 16 April 1968 Labour
John Morris Lord Morris.jpg 16 April 1968 19 June 1970 Labour

Minister of State for Defence, 1970–1972[edit]

Name Portrait Entered office Left office Political party
Lord Balniel 23 June 1970 5 November 1972 Conservative

Minister for Defence Procurement, 1971–1972[edit]

Name Portrait Entered office Left office Political party
Ian Gilmour 7 April 1971 5 November 1972 Conservative

Ministers of State for Defence, 1972–1981[edit]

Name Portrait Entered office Left office Political party
Ian Gilmour 5 November 1972 8 January 1974 Conservative
George Younger George Younger.JPEG 8 January 1974 4 March 1974 Conservative
William Rodgers 4 March 1974 10 September 1976 Labour
John Gilbert 10 September 1976 4 May 1979 Labour
Lord Strathcona 6 May 1979 5 January 1981 Conservative
Lord Trenchard 5 January 1981 29 May 1981 Conservative

Ministers for Defence Procurement, 1981–2007[edit]

Name Portrait Entered office Left office Political party
Lord Trenchard 29 May 1981 6 January 1983 Conservative
Geoffrey Pattie 6 January 1983 11 September 1984 Conservative
Adam Butler 11 September 1984 2 September 1985 Conservative
Norman Lamont Norman Lamont 2013.jpg 2 September 1985 21 May 1986 Conservative
Lord Trefgarne 21 May 1986 24 July 1989 Conservative
Alan Clark 24 July 1989 14 April 1992 Conservative
Jonathan Aitken 14 April 1992 20 July 1994 Conservative
Roger Freeman 20 July 1994 6 July 1995 Conservative
James Arbuthnot James Arbuthnot.jpg 6 July 1995 1 May 1997 Conservative
The Lord Gilbert 2 May 1997 July 1999 Labour
The Lady Symons Elizabeth Symons.jpg July 1999 8 June 2001 Labour
The Lord Bach Lord Bach 2.jpg 8 June 2001 6 May 2005 Labour
The Lord Drayson Paul Rudd Drayson 02.jpg 6 May 2005 6 March 2007 Labour

Ministers for Defence Equipment and Support, 2007–2010[edit]

Name Portrait Entered office Left office Political party
The Lord Drayson Paul Rudd Drayson 02.jpg 6 March 2007 7 November 2007 Labour
The Lady Taylor 7 November 2007 5 October 2008 Labour
Quentin Davies 5 October 2008 12 May 2010 Labour

Ministers for Defence Equipment, Support and Technology/Minister for Defence Procurement, 2010–[edit]

Name Portrait Entered office Left office Political party
Peter Luff Peter Luff, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Defence.jpg 9 June 2010 4 September 2012 Conservative
Philip Dunne Philip Dunne MP.jpg 4 September 2012 14 July 2016 Conservative
Harriett Baldwin Harriett Baldwin 2.jpg 18 July 2016 Conservative

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lord Drayson appointed minister
  2. ^ Election 2015: Prime Minister and ministerial appointments - 11 May 2015
  3. ^ Ministry of Defence Ministerial appointments finalised - 11 May 15