Minister of State for the Armed Forces

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United Kingdom
Office of the Minister of State for the Armed Forces
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Seal of HM Government
Army Department, Air Department, Navy Department (1981-97)
StyleThe Right Honourable
(Formal prefix)
Minister of Defence for the Royal Navy
Member ofAdmiralty Board (1981-97)
Navy Board (1981-97)
Reports toSecretary of State for Defence
NominatorSecretary of State for Defence
AppointerPrime Minister
Subject to formal approval by the Queen-in-Council
Term lengthNo fixed term
Formation1981-2020
First holderThe Rt. Hon. Peter Blaker
Final holderThe Rt. Hon. Anne-Marie Trevelyan

The office of Minister of State for the Armed Forces was created on 29 May 1981 when the three single service ministers the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence for the Royal Navy, the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence for the Army, and the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence for the Royal Air Force and replaced by this new unified political office covering all of the British Armed Forces.

The office holder was the political head of the Navy Department of the Ministry of Defence, and reported to the Secretary of State for Defence.

History

On 25 April 1964, the functions of the [Admiralty]], War Office and Air Ministry were absorbed into an enlarged Ministry of Defence. The Admiralty then became a junior ministerial department called the Navy Department, the former War Office became the Army Department and the Air Ministry became the Air Department. The office of the First Lord of the Admiralty, the cabinet minister responsible for the admiralty was abolished and replaced by a Minister of State for the Royal Navy.

On 6 January 1967 this post of Minister of State for the Royal Navy was abolished and replaced by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence for the Royal Navy.[1].

On 29 May 1981 the office of Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence for the Royal Navy was abolished along with the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence for the Army and the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence for the Royal Air Force and replaced by a new unified political post covering all of the British Armed Forces called the Minister of State for the Armed Forces.

The office holder was the political head of the Army Department, Air Department and Navy Department of the Ministry of Defence from 1981 to 1997 when those departments were abolished. The minister reported to the Secretary of State for Defence. On 13 February 2020 the office was renamed as the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Armed Forces.

Office Holders

  1. Peter Blaker, 29 May 1981 – 13 June 1983.
  2. John Stanley, 13 June 1983 – 13 June 1987.
  3. Ian Stewart, 13 June 1987 – 25 July 1988.
  4. Archie Hamilton, 25 July 1988 – 27 May 1993.
  5. Jeremy Hanley, 27 May 1993 – 14 June 1994.
  6. John Reid, 2 May 1997 – 27 July 1998.
  7. Doug Henderson, 27 July 1998 – 29 July 1999.
  8. John Spellar, 29 July 1999 – 7 June 2001.
  9. Adam Ingram, 7 June 2001 – 29 June 2007.
  10. Bob Ainsworth, 29 June 2007 – 5 May 2009.
  11. Bill Rammell, 5 May 2009 – 11 May 2010.
  12. Nick Harvey, 13 May 2010 – 4 September 2012.
  13. Andrew Robathan, 4 September 2012 – 7 October 2013.
  14. Mark Francois, 7 October 2013 – 11 May 2015.
  15. Penny Mordaunt, 11 May 2015 – 15 July 2016.
  16. Mike Penning, 15 July 2016 – 12 June 2017.
  17. Mark Lancaster, 12 July 2017 – 16 December 2019.
  18. Anne-Marie Trevelyan, 16 December 2019 - 13 February 2020.

References

  1. Steinberg, S. (2016). The Statesman's Year-Book 1967-68: The One-Volume ENCYCLOPAEDIA of all nations. London: Macmillan St Martins Press. p. 103. ISBN 9780230270961.