Wednesday, June 10, 2009

New Ministerial responsibilities announced

New Ministerial responsibilities announced

A Defence Policy and Business news article
June 10, 2009

Following the appointment of Bob Ainsworth as the new Secretary of State, the Prime Minister has appointed Bill Rammell MP and Lord Drayson to the Defence Ministerial team.

MOD announcement
Bill Rammell MP will succeed Bob Ainsworth as Minister of State for the Armed Forces.

The Rt Hon Lord Drayson will be Minister of State for Strategic Defence Acquisition Reform, leading on the reform of Defence Acquisition, Defence Research and Development, and championing new technologies in Defence. As the architect of the Defence Industrial Strategy he will lead work on the next version of the strategy. He will also have responsibilities as Minister of State, Department of Business Innovation and Skills, for Government policy on science and innovation.

Quentin Davies MP will remain as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State and Minister for Defence Equipment and Support, with his existing responsibilities for the Defence Equipment Programme through life, performance management of Defence Equipment and Support and its agencies, and the MOD interest in Defence exports. He will work with Paul Drayson on acquisition reform. He will also assume the UK lead responsibility for the High Level Working Group with the French Government on equipment co-operation.

The Rt Hon Baroness Taylor will remain as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State and Minister for International Defence and Security; she has also been appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, where she will be responsible for liaison with the Ministry of Defence on security and defence policy issues.

Kevan Jones MP remains as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State and Minister for Veterans, with the same responsibilities as before.

Lord Drayson and Baroness Taylor will speak for the Department in the House of Lords.

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