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Parliamentary Under Secretaries of State (also called Parliamentary Secretaries, when not under a Secretary of State) is the lowest of three tiers of
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in the
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, immediately junior to a
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, which is itself junior to a Secretary of State.


Background

The Ministerial and Other Salaries Act 1975 provides that at any one time there can be no more than 83 paid ministers (not counting the
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, up to 3 law officers and up to 22 whips). Of these, no more than 50 ministers can be paid the salary of a minister senior to a Parliamentary Secretary. Thus if 50 senior ministers are appointed, the maximum number of paid Parliamentary Secretaries is 33. The limit on the number of unpaid Parliamentary Secretaries is given by the
House of Commons Disqualification Act 1975 The House of Commons Disqualification Act 1975 is an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom The Parliament of the United Kingdom is the Parliamentary sovereignty in the United Kingdom, supreme Legislature, legislative body of the United ...
ensuring that no more than 95 government ministers of any kind can sit in the House of Commons at any one time; there is no upper bound to the number of unpaid ministers sitting in the House of Lords. The position should neither be confused with the which is the most senior civil servant in a government department (also known as the Permanent Under-Secretary of State), nor with a
Parliamentary Private Secretary A Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) is a Member of Parliament (United Kingdom), Member of Parliament (MP) in the Member of Parliament (United Kingdom), United Kingdom who acts as an unpaid assistant to a Minister of the Crown, minister. He or ...
(an MP serving as an assistant to a minister entitled to directly relevant expenses but no further pay). Of his tenure as an under-secretary in Macmillan's 1957–1963 Conservative government from the Lords, the
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noted: "No one who hasn't been a Parliamentary Under Secretary of State has any conception of how unimportant a Parliamentary Under Secretary of State is".


Current Parliamentary Under Secretaries of State

The current Parliamentary Under Secretaries of State are: * HM Treasury ** Economic Secretary to the Treasury **
Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury The Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury is a junior ministerial post in the HM Treasury, British Treasury, ranked below the First Lord of the Treasury, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, the Paymaster General and ...
*Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (see
Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs has been a junior position in the British government since 1782, subordinate to both the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and since 1945 also to the Minister of State for Fore ...
) ** Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Africa ** Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for European Neighbourhood and the Americas *Home Office (see
Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department This article lists past and present Under-Secretaries of State serving the Home Secretary of the United Kingdom. Non-permanent and parliamentary under-secretaries, 1782–present *April 1782: Evan Nepean *April 1782: Thomas Orde-Powlett, 1st Ba ...
) ** Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Safeguarding ** Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Immigration and Future Borders ** Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Immigration Compliance and Courts (joint with Ministry of Justice) *Cabinet Office **Parliamentary Secretary ( Minister for Implementation) **Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Defence People and Veterans *Ministry of Justice **
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Jutice is a junior position in the Ministry of Justice in the British government. Parliamentary Under-Secretaries of State for Justice {, class="wikitable" ! colspan=2, Name ! Portrait ! Entered o ...
**Parliamentary Under Secretary of State **Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Immigration Compliance and the Courts (joint with Home Office) *Ministry of Defence ** Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Armed Forces ** Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence People and Veterans *Department of Health and Social Care **
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Prevention, Public Health and Primary CareThe Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Prevention, Public Health and Primary Care is a Junior Minister in the Department of Health and Social Care in the Government of the United Kingdom, British government. It is currently held by Jo Churchi ...
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Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Innovation The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Innovation is a junior position in the Department of Health and Social Care in the Government of the United Kingdom, British government. It is currently held by James Bethell, 5th Baron Bethell Member o ...
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Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for COVID-19 Vaccine Deployment The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for COVID-19 Vaccine Deployment is a position in the Department of Health and Social Care in the Government of the United Kingdom. It is currently held by Nadhim Zahawi Member of Parliament (United Kingdom ...
*Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy **Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Business and Industry **
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Science, Research and InnovationThe Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Science, Research and Innovation (also known as Science Minister) is a junior position in the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy in the Government of the United Kingdom, British gove ...
**Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Small Business, Consumers and Labour Markets **Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Climate Change and Corporate Responsibility *Department for International Trade **Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Exports (joint with UK Export Finance) **Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for International Trade **Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Equalities **Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Women *Department for Work and Pensions **
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Employment The Minister for Employment is a junior position in the Department for Work and Pensions in the British government. It is currently held by Mims Davies, who took the office on 25 July 2019. Responsibilities The minister's responsibilities incl ...
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Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Pensions and Financial Inclusion The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Pensions and Financial Inclusion is a junior position in the Department for Work and Pensions , type = Department , seal = , logo = Department for Work and Pensions logo.svg , logo_width = 166px ...
**Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Welfare Delivery ** Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Work and Pensions *Department for Education ** Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Children and Families ** Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Apprenticeships and Skills ** Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the School System *Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs ** Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Farming, Fisheries and Food ** Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Rural Affairs and Biosecurity **Parliamentary Under Secretary of State *Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government **
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Housing and Rough Sleeping The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Housing and Rough Sleeping is a junior position in the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government in the British government. It is currently held by Eddie Hughes (British politician), Eddie ...
**Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Faith and Communities *Department for Transport **Parliamentary Under Secretary of State **Parliamentary Under Secretary of State **Parliamentary Under Secretary of State *Office of the Secretary of State for Scotland ** Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Scotland **Parliamentary Under Secretary of State *Office of the Secretary of State for Wales **
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Wales The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Wales, often referred to simply as the Welsh Office Minister is a junior ministerial post (of Parliamentary Under Secretary of State rank) in the United Kingdom government, supporting the Secretary ...
*Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport **Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Digital Infrastructure ** Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Sport, Tourism and Heritage **Parliamentary Secretary ( Minister for Civil Society) *UK Export Finance **Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Exports (joint with Department for International Trade)


Historic Parliamentary Under Secretaries of State

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Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union Her Majesty's Principal Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union or, informally, Brexit Secretary, was the secretary of state responsible for the United Kingdom's withdrawal from the European Union The European Union (EU) is ...
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Department of Health and Social Care The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) is the U.K. government department responsible for government policy on health and adult social care matters in England, along with a few elements of the same matters which are not otherwise devo ...
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Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of HealthThe Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Health was a junior ministerial office in the United Kingdom Government. The Ministry of Health was created in 1919 as a reconstruction of the Local Government Board. Local government functions were eve ...
*Technology ** Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Technology *Foreign affairs and Defence **
Under-Secretary of State for Air The Under-Secretary of State for Air was a junior ministerial post in the United Kingdom Government, supporting the Secretary of State for Air The Secretary of State for Air was a Secretary of State (United Kingdom), secretary of state positio ...
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Under-Secretary of State for Commonwealth Affairs The position of Under-Secretary of State for Commonwealth Affairs in the United Kingdom was created in 1966 by the merger of the old positions of Under-Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations and Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies. The ...
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Under-Secretary of State for Commonwealth RelationsThe Under-Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations was a junior ministerial post in the United Kingdom Government from 1947 until 1966. The holder was responsible for assisting the Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations in dealing with B ...
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Under-Secretary of State for Dominion AffairsThe position of Under-Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs was a British ministerial position, subordinate to that of Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs, created in 1925 to deal with British relations with the Dominions – Canada, Aust ...
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Under-Secretary of State for India This is a list of Parliamentary Under-Secretaries of State and Permanent Under-Secretaries of State at the India Office 275px, The western or St. James's Park, park end of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office's building in 1866. It was then occ ...
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Under-Secretary of State for War The position of Under-Secretary of State for War was a British British may refer to: Peoples, culture, and language * British people The British people, or Britons, are the citizens of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Irel ...
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Under-Secretary of State for the ColoniesThe Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies was a junior Ministerial post in the United Kingdom government The Government of the United Kingdom, domestically referred to as Her Majesty's Government, is the central government of the United Ki ...
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Under-Secretary of State for War and the Colonies The Under-Secretary of State for War and the Colonies was a junior Ministerial post in the United Kingdom government, subordinate to the Secretary of State for War and the Colonies. In 1801 the offices of Under-Secretary of State for War The posi ...


See also

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Parliamentary secretary A parliamentary secretary is a member of Parliament A member of parliament (MP) is the representative of the people who live in their constituency. In many countries with Bicameralism, bicameral parliaments, this category includes specifically ...
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Private secretary A private secretary (PS) is a civil servant The civil service is a collective term for a sector of government composed mainly of career civil servants hired on professional merit rather than appointed or elected, whose institutional tenure typ ...
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Undersecretary Undersecretary (or under secretary) is a title for a person who works for and has a lower rank than a secretary A secretary, administrative professional, or personal assistant A personal assistant, also referred to as personal aide (PA) or per ...


References

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