Minister of State for the Armed Forces

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Minister of State for the Armed Forces of the United Kingdom
Mark Francois

since 7 October 2013
Inaugural holder Adam Ingram

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 Mark Francois.

The role's responsibilities 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.
Adam Ingram No image.svg 7 June 2001 29 June 2007 Labour Blair Hoon




Bob Ainsworth Bob Ainsworth cropped.jpg 29 June 2007 5 May 2009 Labour G.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 Incumbent Conservative

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