|Secretary of State for Defence|
|Ministry of Defence|
|Type||Minister of the Crown|
|Status||Secretary of state|
|Reports to||The Prime Minister|
|Nominator||The Prime Minister|
on advice of the Prime Minister
|Term length||At His Majesty's pleasure|
|Constituting instrument||Defence (Transfer of Functions) Act 1964 section 1(a)|
|Precursor||Minister of Defence|
|Formation||1 April 1964|
|First holder||Peter Thorneycroft|
|Unofficial names||Defence Secretary|
|Deputy||Minister for Defence Procurement (since 2020)|
Minister of State for the Armed Forces (before 2020)
|Salary||£154,089 per annum (2022)|
(including £86,584 MP salary)
The secretary of state for defence (defence secretary) is a secretary of state in the Government of the United Kingdom, with responsibility for the Ministry of Defence. As a senior minister, the incumbent is a member of the Cabinet of the United Kingdom.
References[change | change source]
- "Salaries of Members of His Majesty's Government – Financial Year 2022–23" (PDF). 15 December 2022.
- "Pay and expenses for MPs". parliament.uk. Retrieved 15 December 2022.
- "Secretary of State for Defence". gov.uk. Retrieved 30 June 2021.