Minister of State for the Armed Forces

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Minister of State for the Armed Forces
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Mark Lancaster

since 12 June 2017
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

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


The post is currently held by Col Mark Lancaster, in the Second May ministry.


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

List of Ministers of State for the Armed Forces

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

NamePortraitTerm of officePolitical party Prime Minister Defence Secretary
Peter Blaker 29 May 198113 June 1983 Conservative Thatcher Nott
John Stanley No image.svg 13 June 198313 June 1987
Ian Stewart No image.svg 13 June 198725 July 1988
Archie Hamilton Official portrait of Lord Hamilton of Epsom crop 2.jpg 25 July 198827 May 1993
Conservative Major Rifkind
Jeremy Hanley No image.svg 27 May 199314 June 1994
Nicholas Soames Official portrait of Sir Nicholas Soames crop 2.jpg 14 June 19942 May 1997
John Reid ReidTaormina crop.jpg 2 May 199727 July 1998 Labour Blair Robertson
Doug Henderson No image.svg 27 July 199829 July 1999
John Spellar Official portrait of John Spellar crop 2.jpg 29 July 19997 June 2001 Hoon
Adam Ingram No image.svg 7 June 200129 June 2007
Bob Ainsworth Bob Ainsworth cropped.jpg 29 June 20075 May 2009 Labour Brown
Bill Rammell Bill Rammell.jpg 5 May 200911 May 2010 Ainsworth
Nick Harvey Nick Harvey, Minister of State for Armed Forces.jpg 13 May 20104 September 2012 Liberal Democrats Cameron
Andrew Robathan Andrew Robathan, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the MOD.jpg 4 September 20127 October 2013 Conservative
Mark Francois Official portrait of Mr Mark Francois crop 2.jpg 7 October 201311 May 2015
Penny Mordaunt Official portrait of Penny Mordaunt crop 2.jpg 11 May 201515 July 2016 Conservative Cameron
Mike Penning Official portrait of Mike Penning crop 2.jpg 15 July 201612 June 2017 Conservative May
Mark Lancaster Official portrait of Mark Lancaster crop 2.jpg 12 July 2017Incumbent