Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Vaccines and Public Health

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Vaccines and Public Health is a position in the Department of Health and Social Care in the Government of the United Kingdom. The minister is responsible for COVID-19 vaccination in the United Kingdom. The role has sometimes been known as the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Public Health and Minister of State for Public Health.

Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Vaccines and Public Health
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Incumbent
Maggie Throup

since 16 September 2021
Department of Health and Social Care
AppointerThe Monarch
on advice of the Prime Minister
FormationNovember 2020
First holderNadhim Zahawi
Websitewww.gov.uk/government/ministers/parliamentary-under-secretary-of-state-minister-for-covid-vaccine-deployment

HistoryEdit

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health and Social Security worked at the Department of Health and Social Security. The future Prime Minister John Major held this office. The office was known as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health from 1987 to 1990.

Nicola Blackwood lost her seat in the snap 2017 general election and was replaced as a minister by Steve Brine.

During the COVID-19 pandemic in the United Kingdom, the minister was placed in charge of public health policy.[1] The office of Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for COVID-19 Vaccine Deployment was created later and was held by Nadhim Zahawi from 28 November 2020 to 15 September 2021.[2] Zahawi was briefly shadowed by Neale Hanvey of the Scottish National Party (SNP) but Hanvey had to resign following his support for a defamation case against a parliamentary colleague, Kirsty Blackman.[3] In February 2021, Zahawi announced schools in England would reopen on 8 March.[4]

In the 2021 British cabinet reshuffle, responsibilities for vaccines were merged with those for public health and given to Maggie Throup in the office of Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Vaccines and Public Health.[5]

ResponsibilitiesEdit

The minister is responsible for the following:[6]

  • COVID-19:
  • health improvement
  • health inequalities
  • prevention
  • primary care
  • gender identity services
  • major diseases
  • community health
  • lead minister for crisis response
  • sponsorship of PHE and FSA

List of Ministers of Public HealthEdit

Name Portrait Took office Left office Political party Prime Minister
Role created out of the Department of Health and Social Security replacing the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Health
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health and Social Security
Paul Dean

MP for North Somerset

24 June 1970 4 March 1974 Conservative Edward Heath

(l)

Michael Alison

MP for Barkston Ash

24 June 1970 4 March 1974 Conservative Edward Heath

(l)

David Owen

MP for Plymouth Devonport

  8 March 1974 26 July 1974 Labour Harold Wilson

(lll)

Robert Brown

MP for Newcastle upon Tyne West

8 March 1974 18 October 1974 Labour Harold Wilson

(lll)

Alec Jones

MP for Rhondda

18 October 1974 12 June 1975 Labour Harold Wilson

(lV)

Michael Meacher

MP for Oldham West

  12 June 1975 14 April 1976 Labour Harold Wilson

(lV)

Eric Deakins

MP for Walthamstow

14 April 1976 4 May 1979 Labour James Callaghan

(l)

Reginald Wells-Pestell, Baron Wells-Pestell

Life peer

3 January 1979 4 May 1979 Labour James Callaghan

(l)

George Young

MP for Acton

  7 May 1979 15 September 1981 Conservative Margaret Thatcher

(l)

Lynda Chalker

MP for Wallasey

  7 May 1979 5 March 1982 Conservative Margaret Thatcher

(l)

Geoffrey Finsberg

MP for Hampstead

15 September 1981 14 June 1983 Conservative Margaret Thatcher

(l)

Rodney Elton, 2nd Baron Elton

Hereditary Peer

  15 September 1981 6 April 1982 Conservative Margaret Thatcher

(l)

Tony Newton

MP for Braintree

5 March 1982 11 September 1984 Conservative Margaret Thatcher

(l) + (ll)

David Trefgarne, 2nd Baron Trefgarne

Hereditary Peer

  6 April 1982 14 June 1983 Conservative Margaret Thatcher

(l)

John Patten

MP for Oxford West and Abingdon

14 June 1983 2 September 1985 Conservative Margaret Thatcher

(ll)

Simon Arthur, 4th Baron Glenarthur

Hereditary Peer

  14 June 1983 26 March 1985 Conservative Margaret Thatcher

(ll)

Ray Whitney

MP for Wycombe

11 September 1984 10 September 1986 Conservative Margaret Thatcher

(ll)

Jean Barker, Baroness Trumpington

Life Peer

30 March 1985 13 June 1987 Conservative Margaret Thatcher

(ll)

John Major

MP for Huntingdon

  2 September 1985 10 September 1986 Conservative Margaret Thatcher

(ll)

Nicholas Lyell

MP for Mid Bedfordshire

10 September 1986 13 June 1987 Conservative Margaret Thatcher

(ll)

Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health
Edwina Currie

MP for South Derbyshire

  10 September 1986 16 December 1988 Conservative Margaret Thatcher

(ll) + (lll)

Roger Freeman

MP for Kettering

  16 December 1988 4 May 1990 Conservative Margaret Thatcher

(lll)

Gloria Hooper, Baroness Hooper

Life peer

  28 July 1989 14 April 1992 Conservative Margaret Thatcher

(lll)

John Major (l)

Stephen Dorrell

MP for Loughborough

  4 May 1990 November 1990 Conservative Margaret Thatcher

(lll)

Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health and Social Security
Tom Sackville

MP for Bolton West

  14 April 1992 29 November 1995 Conservative John Major

(ll)

Julia Cumberlege, Baroness Cumberlege

Life peer

14 April 1992 2 May 1997 Conservative John Major

(ll)

Tim Yeo

MP for South Suffolk

  15 April 1992 27 May 1993 Conservative John Major

(ll)

John Bowis

MP for Battersea

27 May 1993 23 July 1996 Conservative John Major

(ll)

John Horam

MP for Orpington

  29 November 1995 2 May 1997 Conservative John Major

(ll)

Simon Burns

MP for Chelmsford

  23 July 1996 2 May 1997 Conservative John Major

(ll)

Minister of State for Public Health
Tessa Jowell

MP for Dulwich and West Norwood

  2 May 1997 11 October 1999 Labour Tony Blair

(l)

Yvette Cooper

MP for Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford

  11 October 1999 28 May 2002 Labour Tony Blair

(l) + (ll)

David Lammy

MP for Tottenham

  29 May 2002 13 June 2003 Labour Tony Blair

(ll)

Melanie Johnson

MP for Welwyn Hatfield

  13 June 2003 10 May 2005 Labour Tony Blair

(ll)

Caroline Flint

MP for Don Valley

  10 May 2005 28 June 2007 Labour Tony Blair

(lll)

Dawn Primarolo

MP for Bristol South

  29 June 2007 5 June 2009 Labour Gordon Brown

(l)

Gillian Merron

MP for Lincoln

  10 June 2009 11 May 2010 Labour Gordon Brown

(l)

Anne Milton

MP for Guildford

  11 May 2010 4 September 2012 Conservative David Cameron

(Coalition)

Anna Soubry

MP for Broxtowe

  4 September 2012 7 October 2013 Conservative David Cameron

(Coalition)

Jane Ellison

MP for Battersea

  7 October 2013 15 July 2016 Conservative David Cameron

(Coalition) + (II)

Nicola Blackwood

MP for Oxford West and Abingdon

  14 July 2016 9 June 2017 Conservative Theresa May

(I)

Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Public Health and Primary Care
Steve Brine

MP for Winchester

  14 June 2017 25 March 2019 Conservative Theresa May

(II)

Seema Kennedy

MP for South Ribble

  4 April 2019 26 July 2019 Conservative Theresa May

(II)

Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Prevention, Public Health and Primary Care
Jo Churchill

MP for Bury St Edmunds

  26 July 2019 15 September 2021 Conservative Boris Johnson

(l) + (ll)

Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for COVID-19 Vaccine Deployment
Nadhim Zahawi

MP for Stratford-on-Avon

  28 November 2020 15 September 2021 Conservative Boris Johnson

(ll)

Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Vaccines and Public Health
Maggie Throup

MP for Erewash

  15 September 2021 Incumbent Conservative Boris Johnson

(ll)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Government thanks GPs for 'unprecedented' COVID-19 response as lockdown begins | GPonline". www.gponline.com. Retrieved 2021-02-17.
  2. ^ "Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister for COVID Vaccine Deployment) - GOV.UK". www.gov.uk. Retrieved 2020-12-12.
  3. ^ Marlborough, Conor (6 February 2021). "Neale Hanvey MP: SNP Westminster vaccine spokesman sacked days after promotion". The Scotsman. Retrieved 14 October 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. ^ "Schools will reopen on March 8, vaccines minister confirms - The Global Herald". 4 February 2021. Retrieved 2021-02-06.
  5. ^ "Maggie Throup MP". GOV.UK. Retrieved 2021-09-23.
  6. ^ "Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister for Prevention, Public Health and Primary Care) - GOV.UK". www.gov.uk. Retrieved 2020-10-23.

See alsoEdit