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, Conservative MP, Jeremy Quin, was appointed on 13 February 2020.[1]

Origins

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.[2] 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[3] and Minister for Defence Equipment, Technology and Support.[4]

Responsibilities

The Minister is responsible for:

Ministers of Defence for Equipment, 1967–1970

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

Minister of State for Defence, 1970–1972

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

Minister for Defence Procurement, 1971–1972

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

Ministers of State for Defence, 1972–1981

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

Ministers for Defence Procurement, 1981–2007

Name Portrait Entered office Left office Political party Prime Minister
The Viscount Trenchard 29 May 1981 6 January 1983 Conservative Margaret Thatcher
Geoffrey Pattie 6 January 1983 11 September 1984
Adam Butler 11 September 1984 2 September 1985
Norman Lamont
2 September 1985 21 May 1986
The Lord Trefgarne
21 May 1986 24 July 1989
Alan Clark 24 July 1989 14 April 1992
John Major
Jonathan Aitken 14 April 1992 20 July 1994
Roger Freeman
20 July 1994 6 July 1995
James Arbuthnot
6 July 1995 1 May 1997
The Lord Gilbert 2 May 1997 July 1999 Labour Tony Blair
The Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean
July 1999 8 June 2001
The Lord Bach
8 June 2001 6 May 2005
The Lord Drayson
6 May 2005 6 March 2007

Ministers for Defence Equipment and Support, 2007–2012

Name Portrait Entered office Left office Political party Prime Minister
The Lord Drayson
6 March 2007 7 November 2007 Labour Tony Blair
Gordon Brown
The Baroness Taylor of Bolton
7 November 2007 5 October 2008
Quentin Davies 5 October 2008 12 May 2010
Peter Luff
9 June 2010 4 September 2012 Conservative David Cameron

Minister for Defence Procurement, 2012–

Name Portrait Entered office Left office Political party Prime Minister
Philip Dunne
4 September 2012 14 July 2016 Conservative David Cameron
Harriett Baldwin
18 July 2016 9 January 2018
Theresa May
Guto Bebb
9 January 2018 16 July 2018[5]
Stuart Andrew
19 July 2018 27 July 2019
Anne-Marie Trevelyan
27 July 2019 [6] 16 December 2019 Boris Johnson
James Heappey
16 December 2019 13 February 2020
Jeremy Quin
13 February 2020 Incumbent

References

  1. ^ "Jeremy Quin MP". GOV.UK. Retrieved 2020-02-20.
  2. ^ Lord Drayson appointed minister Archived 2007-03-20 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Election 2015: Prime Minister and ministerial appointments - 11 May 2015
  4. ^ Ministry of Defence Ministerial appointments finalised - 11 May 15
  5. ^ https://www.theguardian.com/politics/blog/live/2018/jul/16/brexit-mays-plan-dead-say-tory-remainers-and-leavers-jointly-ahead-of-key-votes-politics-live
  6. ^ Ripley, Tim (29 July 2019). "New UK procurement minister appointed". IHS Janes. London. Retrieved 30 July 2019.