Minister of State for the Armed Forces

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Minister of State for the Armed Forces
Royal Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom (HM Government).svg
Mike Penning MP 2015.jpg
Mike Penning

since 15 July 2016
Ministry of Defence
Member of Defence Council
Admiralty Board
Army Board
Air Force Board
Reports to Secretary of State for Defence
Nominator Secretary of State for Defence
Appointer Prime Minister
Subject to formal approval by the Queen-in-Council
Term length No fixed term
Inaugural holder Peter Blaker
Formation 1981

The Minister of State for the Armed Forces is a middle-ranking ministerial position, subordinate only to the Secretary of State for Defence, at the Ministry of Defence in Her Majesty's Government.

The current incumbent is the Conservative MP Mike Penning.


The responsibilities of the Minister of State for the Armed Forces are:

  • All matters regarding Regular and Reserve Armed Forces
  • Operations including Iraq, Counter-Terrorism, UK Operations, Northern Ireland and the Balkans
  • Bilateral defence relations outside the NATO/Europe area
  • Inquiries, Boards of Inquiry, Inquests
  • Legal issues including detention
  • Arms and Export Control
  • Regional issues and the devolved Administrations
  • The agencies DASA and DVA

List of Ministers of State for the Armed Forces[edit]

Colour key (for political parties):
      Conservative       Labour       Liberal Democrats

Name Portrait Term of office Political party P.M. Def.Sec.
Peter Blaker No image.svg 29 May 1981 13 June 1983 Conservative Thatcher Nott
John Stanley No image.svg 13 June 1983 13 June 1987 Conservative
Ian Stewart No image.svg 13 June 1987 25 July 1988 Conservative
Archie Hamilton No image.svg 25 July 1988 27 May 1993 Conservative
Major Rifkind
Jeremy Hanley No image.svg 27 May 1993 14 June 1994 Conservative
Nicholas Soames Nicholas Soames in Prague (1).jpg 14 June 1994 2 May 1997 Conservative
John Reid ReidTaormina crop.jpg 2 May 1997 27 July 1998 Labour Blair Robertson
Doug Henderson No image.svg 27 July 1998 29 July 1999 Labour
John Spellar Jon Tandy Meets Labour Minister John Spellar (4557106957).jpg 29 July 1999 7 June 2001 Labour Hoon
Adam Ingram No image.svg 7 June 2001 29 June 2007 Labour
Bob Ainsworth Bob Ainsworth cropped.jpg 29 June 2007 5 May 2009 Labour Brown
Bill Rammell Bill Rammell.jpg 5 May 2009 11 May 2010 Labour Ainsworth
Nick Harvey Nick Harvey, Minister of State for Armed Forces.jpg 13 May 2010 4 September 2012 Liberal Democrats Cameron Fox
Andrew Robathan Andrew Robathan, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the MOD.jpg 4 September 2012 7 October 2013 Conservative
Mark Francois Markfrancois.jpg 7 October 2013 11 May 2015 Conservative
Penny Mordaunt Penny Mordaunt Minister.jpg 11 May 2015 15 July 2016 Conservative


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